Close  

NPA rebels torch P2.4 million worth of heavy equipment in Bukidnon quarry site

/ 07:51 PM June 21, 2020

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – A group of young men believed to be communist rebels torched down P2.4 million worth of heavy equipment at a quarry site in a barangay (village) in Valencia City, Bukidnon over the weekend.

Lt. Col. Surki Sereñas, Valencia City police chief, said in a phone interview Sunday, June 21, that the men, mostly minors, burned two payloaders, a dump truck, a backhoe, a mini dump truck, and two new payloader tires at a quarry site in Purok 6, Barangay Sinabuagan at 5:45 a.m. on Saturday.

ADVERTISEMENT

A witness said one of the 10 armed men pointed a gun at him as he introduced the group as members of the New Peoples’ Army (NPA), the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP). He said the suspects appeared to be young and were speaking a “lumad” (Indigenous Peoples) language.

After identifying themselves, the suspects set the vehicles on fire and left these partially burned, police said.

FEATURED STORIES

Investigators estimated the equipment damage to reach P2.4 million.

Sereñas said that before the young men arrived, two unidentified men were seen observing the area but since it was a wide-open space. The quarry operator however just ignored them.

Police believe the suspected rebels could have met at Sitio Kalawag, Barangay Apo Macote before crossing the Polangui River and moving toward the quarry area.

Witnesses also noted that most of the suspects were barefoot, Sereñas said.

“We are still investigating but according to witnesses, they recognized familiar faces. They (witnesses) were able to identify some of those in the group,” Sereñas said.

He said the attackers were between the ages of 16 to 24 years old.

“It took only about 10 minutes for the suspects to burn the vehicles, after which they withdrew in small groups towards different directions,” he added.

ADVERTISEMENT

Sereñas said the equipment operators extinguished the fire after the suspects left.

“The NPA (rebels) were in a hurry because the nearest military detachment was only about 2 kilometers away,” he said, adding that military officials had been alerted of the attack right away.

/MUF
Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: Bukidnon, communist rebels, Heavy equipment, NPA, quarry, torch, Valencia City
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.


© Copyright 1997-2020 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.