NPA rebels attack Del Monte compound

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POLICEMEN arrive in Camp Philips in Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon following an attack on the compound owned by Del Monte Phils. by armed men believed to be communist rebels. BOBBY LAGSA/INQUIRER MINDANAO

MANOLO FORTICH, Bukidnon—A security guard was killed and three others, including a civilian, were wounded when armed men believed to be New People’s Army (NPA) rebels stormed the compound of a multinational firm here past 6 p.m. on Tuesday.

The military said the attack could be part of the rebels’ campaign to collect so-called revolutionary taxes from businesses operating in the province and elsewhere.

Capt. Christian Uy, of the military’s 4th Infantry Division, confirmed the NPA attack on the Del Monte Phils. compound, also known as Camp Philips.

Dr. Taruc Larson, resident physician at the Camp Philips Memorial Hospital, identified the slain security guard as Nerry Alfredo.

Wounded were security guards Jofol Sumawan and Franklin Millanes and civilian Mario Ayuban.

In a statement, Del Monte said its operations were not affected by the attack.

“The incident is truly unfortunate and Del Monte management is unaware of the reasons why the rebels committed such acts of violence,” said the firm.

“Del Monte has been operating in Bukidnon for the last 87 years, and it has provided gainful employment to over 20,000 people across 10 municipalities,” it said.

Lolo Ocena, an employee of Del Monte, said at least 30 men arrived in two trucks and proceeded to the compound where three parked trucks were set on fire.

Ocena, who was driving from work in a motorcycle with two other coworkers, said he was blocked by the rebels as he drove by the compound.

“The armed men said that we should not worry because they would not harm us,” he said.

The 8th Infantry Battalion

also received reports about the presence of armed men at the Atugan Bridge in Malaybalay City at the time of the raid on the Del Monte compound.

Lt. Col. Eugenio Osias said the rebels blocked traffic in two towns to prevent reinforcement troops from responding to the attack on Del Monte, one of the biggest food companies in the world. JB Deveza and Cai Panlilio, Inquirer Mindanao with Associated Press

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  • Avery_23

    Any foreign companies want to invest in the Philippines? That’s PNOY anti-corruption to you!

    • http://www.facebook.com/danilo.navarro.946 Danilo Navarro

      tumulong ka kung may naamoy o nalalaman kang lugar na may mga NPA ituro mo sa militar para makatulong ka hinde yung puna ka ng puna..o kung may nalalaman kang corruption para mawala or mabawasan man lang ..o isa ka sa ayaw ng mawala ang kurapsion

      • Avery_23

        Danilo! 
        1. Don’t know, but others know. Unfortunately the gov isn’t able to do anything daw.
        2. I do. I did. Nothing happened.
        Kaya tumahimik ka! 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/M3LQ4MUAU3Z36MIQGIGSOKBCQE Rosauro

    NPA salot ng lipunan! Mga gutom! Dalangin ko ang inyong kamatayan.

  • Mamang Pulis

    mar boy bawang roxas—-

    magpakitang gilas ka sa mga yan o–

    katukin mo mga bajay bahay ng mga yan at tanungin mo kung na rehistro na nila ang mga armas  nila—-

    simulan mo sa bahay ni renato reyes—madali lang yan nasa siyudad—

    alaa namn ng lahat pag dating sa bukid –wala ka na-

    -isa kang malaking inutil.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/DLHLDIPILYZ6FW5ZG7KSZ45NLU Nida

    Same old story, NPA…..communism has been dead since the collapse of USSR, ginagawang nalang gatasan ng AFP itong npa, next thing you know the 4th Infantry Division commander will visit the plantation and talk to the managers/owners and thats when the milking process starts, the division commander will add addtional troops to secure the plantation in return he will ask for a higher “allowance$$$” to sustain the security…..nothing goes to the soldiers manning the plantation, all money goes to the pocket of the general…..vicious cycle…..happening all around the philippines, where there is a multinational company, there is npa???? and of course there is a nearby army/marines battalion or division camp…..no progress here….

    • http://www.facebook.com/danilo.navarro.946 Danilo Navarro

      nida taga bukidnoon ka ba?ayos ang pamumuhay ng mga nag tratrabaho sa dole may kinanain 3 beses isang araw may kasama pang merienda ang pamilya ng mga nag tratrabaho sa nasabing kompanya..yan sinasabi mong ginagawang gatasan ng militar ang kompanya ng dole kailan nangyari yankaya nga ayaw ng kompanya na may militar doon sa malapit sa kanila ayaw nilang maipit sa NPA at militar..napapansin ko galit ka sa militar..

      • butchred

         hehehe…brad baka suporter ng NPA yan!

      • Cabak Baquiran

        Takot kayo sa katotohanan.  Parang makinilya ang Pilipinas, lalagari ang NPA sa kabila, lalagari ang Militar sa pabalik.  Sa mga pobre, pa turo turo pa kayo, puro kayo hypokrito

      • gisingpinoy12

        Si Ka Nida yan…LOL

    • disqus_EWrSdjV1nv

      tama si nida. kung walang NPA, walang trabaho ang mga militar. cafgu. etc.

      sila naman ang susunod na magiging NPA.

      its a never ending cycle.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/EA7TIY7PYXEU5UOXG2K5CY5F64 Eric

    Bakit walang Army detachment dyan? May extra charge din ba? Inutil na Army. May mga inuuwian din yang mga NPA na yan.

    • http://www.facebook.com/danilo.navarro.946 Danilo Navarro

      3 at 5 kilimetro ang layo ng military sa lugar ng pinangyarihan at sa tagal na ng kompanya sa bukidnoon 87yrs na at nag bibigay ng trabaho at income sa karamihan sa mga taga bukidnoon nagawa pa ng npa na sirain at patayin ang guwardiya na marangal na nag hahanap buhay pano ngayon pamilya ng nasawi ay pinatay pala..yan ba ang sinabing takbuhan ng mga mahihirap..kaya walang detachment sa lugar na iyan tiwala ang kompanya di sila gagalawin ng NPA dahil gumagawa naman sila ng kabutihan sa mga nakatira at nag tratrabaho sa kanila..musta ng CHR kumikilos ba? 

      • butchred

         Ibagsak ang rebolusyonaryong NPA! Katarungan para sa Nerry Alfredo!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XALR35ENV2XKV327BZGZ7Q5Z5Q Ernesto

    mga ugok NPA ,yun lagi pinagmalaki nyo.sino ngayon magugutom kung sinisira nyo ang mga gamit ng del monte,balang araw di na ang tao matatakot sa inyo,your time will come to an end.mga peste sa kabayanan

  • disqus_EWrSdjV1nv

    “mga kamag anak, kaibigan at karelasyon ni Conrado de Quiros. Nangdisgrasya na naman.”

    yan dapat ang headline.

  • disqus_EWrSdjV1nv

    bakit nga pala legal ang mga baril ng mga yan? di pa sila pinadadalhan ng sulat ng PNP? dba sila dinadalaw? 

    o pinupuntahan lang ng PNP yung may makakaltas sila?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TIVN4C2Q5DOBDD7HJMNU7RZBD4 Eagle from Davao

    Military as a policy and operational standard operating procedures must maintain  a capable military detachment nearby or within the vicinity of any important company to insure its security at all times.
    This is an operational and strategical lapses in the 4th infantry division command.

  • ThePattern

    bakit kasi pinababayaan pa itong mga ipis na komunistang mga ito na mabuhay?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VYOIJWB3T5AQZVG4JRRQHCU2BI John

    Gusto nyo na mahuli ang mga NPA punta lang kayo sa Convento  doon yan nagtatago wala sila sa bundok they are properly protected, Our problem since the time of our National Hero Jose Rizal and up to now is the same ang ating mga religious leaders they are behind ng ating pagkawatakwatak.

  • MuscatOFW

    This cowardice act of the NPA will only benefit China. In
    the 70’s, China encourage the NPA and leftist Filipinos to drive the western
    companies in the Philippines out of the country.  Sabi ng Tsina sa NPA, bawat kumpanya mapaalis
    ninyo sa Pilipinsa sa ngalan ng nationalism at soverinidad, bibigyan ko kayo ng
    armas.  Pero ang tunay na intention ng
    Tsina, sabi ng mga instik….”These stupid NPA, they don’t know that once these
    companies will close in their country, their people will become jobless and
    will become very poor. But we, in China, now we are very poor but if we will
    welcome these companies for the sake of national interest, we will provide our
    people with employment and we will become rich in due time. He he he he he.
    Stupid Filipino NPA and leftist, they don’t know economy.

    Kaya unti-unti  nang
    nagsarado ang malalaking kumpanya sa Pilipinas at tuluyan nang nawalan ng
    trabaho ang mga Filipino. Samantala ang China, ang sabi ng mga Instik, welcome
    western companies, we welcome you with open arms. Feed our people and we will steal
    your technology and we will become rich country in due time. Thank you very
    much stupid Filipino NPA.

    Ngayon, ang Tsina na ang 2nd largest economy in
    the World. Noon, ang Pilipinas ang 2nd largest economy sa Asia next
    to Japan.

    Kaya kayong mga NPA kayo, gumising na kayo sa katotohanan.
    Ang pangugulo ninyo sa minahan ng mga Hapon, sa Dole at Del Monte, Pilipino
    lang ang madadamay. At ang Lolo ninyong Tsina ang makikinabang.

    Dahil sa inyo, mayaman na ang Tsina ngayon dahil yun mga
    nagsara ng mga Kumpanya at lumipat lahat sa Tsina. At sabi ng Tsina, ang pag
    welcome namin sa mga dayuhan ay para sa National Interest at Soverenidad.
    Kabaliktaran ng sinabi ng ideology na tinuro sa inyong mga NPA. Kaya nagulangan
    kayo ng Tsina mismo na kapwa ninyo na Communista pero Capitalista pala.

    Kaya itigil na ninyo ang pangugulo ninyo. Wala nang saysay
    ang pinaglalaban ninyo. Isa na lamang kayong terrorista o tuta ng mga Tsino na
    ginagamit lamang kayo.

  • RomyLitz

    What happen to the mobile phones of bystanders? The people must be part of the NPA lairs.
    What the military or the Del Monte management should do is start installing hidden and micro cameras in the vicinities near the Del monte, the churches (both catholic and protestants), all schools, and market places. Scan the whole mountains for possible hideouts and camping area. But the most effective is bribe or give a reward system to whistleblowers or Japanese era “Bayongs”. Even the Israelis are doing the scheme of paying the right mole or Bayongs !! The military should be equipped with 3 to 5 helicopters to speed up reaction within one minute after the first mobile phone contact…this incident is unbelievable..kahit text to military WALA? or the military received the calls and texts and ignored them..which is which now??

  • RomyLitz

    Witnesses who text or called the military while the burning preparation is ongoing must inform the media that they did..It is impossible to believe that none of the residents in the area informed the military or baranggay captains or what !! What a very lousy intelligence set up of the Bukidnon military top brass….they must be fired !! Looks like the NPA and the military are ONE !!

  • http://joboni96.myopenid.com/ joboni96

    hindi siguro nagbayad
    ng npa tax

    ok lang yan

    dayuhan lang
    ang mas nakikinabang dyan

    mga kaka
    tulungan ang pamilya nong
    inyong napaslang

    • Luka Munyita

      Napakaraming Pilipino ang nabigyan ng trabaho ng kompanyang sinasabi mong dayuhan. Yung mga Pilipinong NPA na mga salot naman ay napakaraming nawalan ng buhay at  kabuhayan. Mas mabuti pa ang dayuhang may pakinabang kesa Pilipino kuno na karahasan lang ang alam.

      • http://joboni96.myopenid.com/ joboni96

        1. nasirang kapaligiran
        2. mayamang dayuhan
        3. kakarampot na sweldo
        4. dayuhang kontrolado ang lupang pilipino

        yan ang mga gusto ng
        kolonisadong utak mo

    • jr18496

      I am a Filipino but I am afraid to invest in our province, Sorsogon because of these NPA’s.  
      You will just waste your hard earned money working like a slave abroad. Estrada, had he not been corrupt would been able to get rid of these NPA’s. Nobody is supporting these NPA’s in the province. The people of Sorsogon wants these People out but are afraid to say so. Hopefully, the AFP would do more to eradicate these people.

      • http://joboni96.myopenid.com/ joboni96

        embed your project with the people
        let them together with you benefit

  • Luka Munyita

    Buti pa yung panahon ni Gloria. From 12,000 NPA fighters in 2001 naibaba to 4700 in 2010. Kay ABNOY naman, dumarami ulit ang mga NPA. Mas effective yung OPLAN Bantay Laya ni Gloria kesa jan sa Bayanihan ni ABNOY.

  • Yanong_OFW

    Ano kaya ang mangyari kung ang mga punyetang mga NPA ang mananaig sa Pinas..tulad sa nangyari sa Del Monte & Dole plantation kung magsarado sila kasi yan ang hiling ng NPA..anong mangyari sa mga trabahante nila?..gising na mga kababayan ko..dapat ng lipulin ang mga salot sa Pinas..kailangan ngayon sa militar tulad kay Palparan na handang hahabol sa mga NPA..

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/L2AUVC4MXZ2IIYARH3VOBUPEPA Socorro

    These NPAs are making their presence felt, because Pinoy seems to forget them, what has Llamas got to say about this? What will be his advise or will these NPA do what the ABG and MNLF did to get what they want with Pinoy?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/4XVVCOAZXYTPN2X3IPFCFDSKFM Melvin

    Hanap-buhay na yung ginagawa ng NPA sa kanilang panghihingi ng revolutionary tax… Mga perwisyo pa. Mga peste!

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