From Tempo (Mar 29): Rebels torch road construction equipment
The construction of roads that would connect the municipalities of Alcala and Baggao in Cagayan may be facing some delays after suspected New People’s Army (NPA) rebels destroyed heavy equipment being used for the said construction.
Ltc Rembert R Baylosis, Commanding Officer of 17th Infantry Battalion in Masin, Alcala, Cagayan said at least six alleged NPA rebels set on fire three road construction equipments of the Pulsar Construction Corp. in Baybayog, Alcala.
The rebels then stole the construction company’s Isuzu Elf truck which they used as their getaway vehicle.
Baylosis said owners of the firm reveal that damage to their equipment was estimated to be around P10 million.
There were about 50 workers tapped to be part of the road construction project and Baylosis as well as the owners fear they would end up being jobless because of the senseless attack.
Baylosis also said most of the workers and their families were most likely traumatized by the incident.
The Army Officer confirmed that there was a letter handed to the worker containing an extortion demand.