Friday, June 19, 2015

NPA rebels burn mining equipment in Camarines Sur

From the Philippine News Agency (Jun 19): NPA rebels burn mining equipment in Camarines Sur

New People's Army rebels burned an estimated PHP10-million worth of various equipment of a mining company on Thursday night at Barangay Himagtocon, Lagonoy, Camarines Sur.

A police report said that at about 6 p.m. Thursday, members of the NPA's Tomas Pilapil Command armed with high-powered firearms arrived at the compound of the Bicol Chromite and Manganese Inc. (BCMI) owned by Lydia Cu.

They immediately poured gasoline on the backhoe, bulldozer, owner-type jeep, generator set and other equipment of the company and set them on fire.

Company guards could not do anything and could only watch what was happening.

The rebels, however, did not harm them.

Police said the rebels had long been asking for revolutionary tax from the BCMI but it did not yield to the demand, prompting the rebels to "punish" the mining company.

The BCMI has been mining in the mountains of barangays Himagtocon, Pinamihagan, Del Carmen and Bocogan -- all in Lagonoy town.

The rebels retreated after the burning incident but told company guards why they burned the company's assets, the report said.

Tomas Pilapil Command spokesperson Baldomero Arcangel immediately came out with a statement admitting that their group was responsible for the burning of the equipment.

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