Rebels burn down poultry farm in Zamboanga del Sur


MANILA, Philippines—Between 9,000 and 10,000 chickens were roasted Friday when alleged communist insurgents torched the poultry farm of a businessman in Zamboanga del Sur who had supposedly refused to pay them protection money, the military said Saturday.

A statement issued by the Army’s 1st Infantry Division said the attack was carried out by the New People’s Army under the Mindanao Regional Party Committee, which had allegedly been demanding P60,000 monthly from poultry farm owner Onyx Go.

The incident took place at 12:30 a.m. Saturday in Barangay (village) Dalaon, Molave, in Zamboanga del Sur, according to Captain Alberto Caber, spokesman of the Army’s 1st Infantry Division.

Caber said some 9,000 to 10,000 chickens were housed in the two poultry houses that the rebels allegedly set on fire. Losses were estimated at P3.5 million to P4 million.

A witness to the incident said that seven armed rebels, including a woman wearing a bonnet, entered the compound at around midnight, frisked farm workers and confiscated their cellular phones.

Some of the armed men poured gasoline around the buildings and, 30 minutes later, set them on fire.

Quoting Go, the military statement said the NPA extortion unit called the businessman by phone after the fire to warn him to pay up so that his farm would not be burned again.

Caber said the area had been cleared of communist insurgents but lately, “their extortionists” have returned to harass businessmen.

“The NPA has been asking money from [Go] for a long time. Last year, they held up his ‘lechon manok’ business in Poblacion  Molave. After that they would call him up to demand [money],” Caber said.

The incident prompted 1st Infantry Division commander Major General Ricardo Rainier Cruz III order intensification ordered tighter security measures to prevent a recurrence of the arson and alleged extortion, the statement said.

“We must intensify intelligence operations and maximize information-sharing with the PNP counterparts and other stakeholders,” Cruz said.

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  • Rosauro

    Expect our beloved congressmen Satur Ocampo and Teddy Casino, and Renato Reyes not to say anything in public about this. They won’t denounce their own kind. They are chuckling to death about this. Why? They have a share of revolutionary taxes the NPA collects. Simple!

    Hanep na hanap buhay!

    • Mickey Hiss

       Could not agree more.  These so-called left-wing activists scream a lot about human rights but say nothing when small businessmen lose their livelihoods to extortionists that fund their political agenda. 

  • noelpogi

    Ang mga NPA at mga taga hanga nila ang tunay na TULISAN dito sa ating bansa.

  • BlueHornet


  • Mickey Hiss

    Who’s going to pay for the lost chickens?  The small businessman of course. Meanwhile, the military and the government make promises that are of no help. 

  • biktimangextortion

    una binomba nila ang isang parte ng dressing plant, d nakontinto sinunog na tuloy ang buong planta, ngaun poultry na naman, ewan ko lng sa goberno natin, sayang lang binabayad naming buwis sa kanila d pla makabigay ng proteksyon at hustisya, kawawa mga tauhan nmin nawalan ng hanapbuhay.

  • iping2sison

    Talagang mga terrorista at extortionista ang CPP/NDF/NPA. Kulang pa kasi ang PDF mula sa mga representantes ng leftist part lists.

  • suroy_suroy

    And now what? Is this the risk small and middle class business has to take? If they pay the ‘revolutiary tax’, the are doing something unlawful and can be charged in court. If they don’t pay up, they lose they occur hefty damages to their businesses or the whole business. The military can’t protect them, they can give only some useless statements like:

    Quote: “We must intensify intelligence operations and maximize information-sharing with the PNP counterparts and other stakeholders,” Quote end.

    So forget to do business there, because you will be double-taxed or take the risk, if it is worth.

  • Lone

    After the rebel’s burning of this man’s livelihood, the govt. will:
    1. court martial the officers assigned in this area, one way or the other some of their officers must have wandered into the sovereign territory of the rebels and in turn “hurt their feelings”  thus the cause for attack.The government recognizes this mortal sin by AFP so much so that they would not as much as object when rebels would torture and mutilate the soldiers caught (like inAl-Barka).

    2. Make another dramatic agreement with complete tearful press release and a visit for signing in malacanan about another peace agreement with the rebels citing;
    a) how the lives of the rebels were made miserable by businessmen who refused to give “revolutionary tax”
    b) giving the rebels a sub-state having their own territory, government, laws and army while skillfully using all legal means to make this deal legal/constitutional.
    c. giving back and apologizing to the rebels because this businessman bought the land, this businessman is so arrogant not to pay the rebels since it doesnt matter if your land purchase is paid for and legal, what matters is if that land used to belong to one of the rebel’s forefathers, ITS THEIRS
    c) making sure no member of the AFP (aside from the commander-in-chief of course) is present during this historic agreement even while forgetting that a lot of AFP soldiers died for the government (vs the rebels) during this conflict.

    So lets give peace a chance. Next time somebody gets kidnapped, just give a ransom, the government has done this arrangement to rebels, so should all of you.

  • bert

    Maybe the military or similar peace keeping force of the government is also to be blamed. They are just simply observing and giving information what crimes are occuring in this location.

  • Lumad01

    Malupit talaga ang NPA walang kalaban laban ang mga manok .biro mo litison buhay….d nagsigawan
    ang mga manok…..

  • $14334231

    ang kawawa dito ay ang mga nagtratrabaho sa sinunog na manukan…..itong mga NPA, sasabihing sila ay para sa mahihirap, eh, ayan, lalong pinahirapan ‘yong mga nagtratrabaho sa manukan….pag hindi nabigyan, alburuto… kanilang kabutihan lang ang gusto nila  …..mga pahirap sa mahihirap lang itong mga taong ito….

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