Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Rebels burn farm equipment,bunk houses in Himamaylan

From the Visayan Daily Star (Apr 3, 2019): Rebels burn farm equipment,bunk houses in Himamaylan

Suspected New People’s Army rebels burned farm equipment and bunk houses of farm workers in Hacienda Nieva, Brgy. Tooy, Himamaylan City, Negros Occidental, Monday night.

Torched by three suspected NPA rebels were four tractors, a 10-wheeler truck, and a sugar cane loader, and two bunk houses, Police Lt. Col. Ervin Glen Provido, Himamaylan City police chief, said yesterday.

The burned farm equipment are owned by businessman Miguel Hinojales.

Estimated damage was placed by the police at more than P1 million.

Police investigation showed that about 30 armed rebels swooped down on the hacienda compound, and gathered 20 farm workers in one place, before burning the equipment.

Before burning the bunk houses the rebels also told the farm workers to get their personal belongings.

The lone security guard managed to escape, and report the incident to the police.

The suspects, who identified themselves as NPA members, fired their guns while withdrawing from the scene of incident, Provido said.

The motive for the burning was still being established by the Himamaylan police, although the armed suspects told the farm workers that they are angry with Hinojales, Provido added.

Recovered from the scene of incident were three fired cartridges and live ammunition of an M-16 assault rifle, and two empty containers of gasoline.*

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