Wednesday, February 22, 2017

NPA attempt to burn heavy equipment in Quezon foiled

From the Philippine Daily Inquirer (Feb 22): NPA attempt to burn heavy equipment in Quezon foiled


A suspected band of New People’s Army rebels tried but failed to destroy heavy construction equipment in Catanauan town in Quezon province shortly before midnight Tuesday, police said Wednesday.

“The communist terrorists tried but the immediate action of our forces thwarted their attempt to commit another violence,” Senior Supt. Rhoderick Armamento, Quezon police provincial director, said.

Report said local police, Army soldiers and firemen went to the Strong Hand Builders batching plant in Barangay (village) Cutucutan, 15 kilometers away from the town proper, around 11 p.m. in response to a phone call from the caretaker of the plant on the arson attempt.

Senior Police Officer 1 Lerma Cabangon, one of the policemen, said they found six gallons of gasoline under a pay-loader equipment and a newly ignited fire to trigger the blaze.

Cabangon said policemen and Army soldiers immediately secured the site and later escorted the transfer of heavy equipment to a safe place.

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