THE Leonardo Pacsi Command of the New People's Army (NPA) operating in Mountain Province admitted to bombing the Sabangan sub-station of the Hydro-Electric Development Corporation (Hedcor) Inc.
In a statement, the NPA alleged that the local government of Sabangan earlier requested Hedcor for assistance in developing their local water resources to build a mini-hydro plant under the build-operate-transfer scheme of the reactionary government in 1989.
“Hedcor took advantage of this supported by the Electric Power Industry Reform Act and the Renewable Energy Act of 2008 which opened the natural energy resources for profitable business favoring independent power producers,” the rebels said.
SunStar Baguio sources revealed on Tuesday night, October 10, 10 fully armed men held at gun point two on-duty Hedcor security guards at the plant’s tapping point.
The armed men then planted an Improvised Explosive Device and detonated it, causing a single explosion that resulted to damage the control room of the sub-station.
The firearms of the on-duty security guards were also allegedly taken by the suspects but released as the men left on foot towards Madepdepas Data in Sabangan town.
“Hedcor used its well-oiled machinery in connivance with the local government units and agencies in rigging the process of getting the free, prior and informed consent of some stakeholders in 2011 with only the two host communities namely Napua and Namatec took part, while the downstream and upstream communities who similarly have the right to their ancestral domain and the watershed were not consulted,” the NPA statement stressed.
Hedcor has since denounced the bombing and is set to answer the allegations of the rebel group.
Published in the SunStar Baguio newspaper on October 13, 2017.
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