Rebels raid pig farm in Bukidnon-A A +A
Thursday, October 31, 2013
SUSPECTED members of the New People’s Army (NPA) belonging to Front 68 raided a privately-owned pig farm in Purok 5, Sil-ipon village in Libona town, Bukidnon, around 6:30 a.m. Wednesday, the military said.
Captain Christian Uy, spokesman of the Philippine Army’s 4th Infantry Division (4ID), said about 30 rebels torched the staff house of Mega Farms located in the area.
Uy said the 4ID immediately sent troops to augment the military presence there and track down the rebels.
He said the rebels’ attack was motivated by the latter's intention to extort the company of revolutionary taxes and sabotage the comfortable living conditions of the residents there.
“Kung atong basahon ang ilang intensiyon, usa na ang pangikik nila sa kompanya ug gusto nila i-sabotahe ang panginabuhi sa katawhan. Kung ang tawo man gud nga wala nay kaligotgot sa gobyerno ug gusto lang manginabuhi, dili na mouban sa ilaha (If we read their intension, extorting the company is one while they tried to sabotage the source of income of the residents. If the people don’t hate the government and all they want is earn a living, they won’t join them (rebels),” Uy added.
He said the rebels also burned a heavy equipment of another private farm, the Agri Ventures Inc., located nearby.
Uy said the area is not rebel-infested. “They (rebels) would just be present at the area if they would plan an attack.”
At press time, Uy added, they have yet to determine the total amount of damages.
But in a radio interview, a resident in the area who witnessed the attack said he saw about 50 rebels torched the staff house, tied the security guards and stabbed to death the pigs inside the farm.
Local television reports said more than 500 pigs were killed.
The farm’s 20-man security force was outnumbered by the rebels, the witness said.
The witness, who refused to be named, said the rebels were on foot, and they did not use any getaway vehicles.
It was possible, he added, that the rebels went down from the mountains of Sil-ipon to the Mega Farms.
The witness said on radio that he didn’t fear the rebels believing the insurgents would not hurt civilians.
But he said he was 50 meters away from the farm and did not see the rebels carrying something away from the farm when they withdrew.
Carlito Simpana, one of the security guards, said on TV the rebels assured them they won’t be harmed since they (security guards) are poor.
“They said we need not worry because they raided the farm since the workers are paid cheap and the farm is also harming the environment,” Simpana said.
He said the rebels brought with them the chief security of Mega Farms while they were retreating after the raid. The guard's hands were tied. Then, the rebels released him later.
Simpana said the rebels took 14 handguns and cellphones from the security guard.
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on October 31, 2013.