Armed men torch school building-A A +A
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
COTABATO CITY -- Armed men torched an elementary school building in Maguindanao around 6:30 a.m. Wednesday.
Colonel Prudencio Asto, Army's 6th Infantry Division Public Affairs chief, said the men barged into Limbayan Elementary School in Bongo Island, Parang and poured gasoline all over the principal's office and library and lighted them up.
Teachers and concerned citizens tried to put out the fire but the men threatened to shoot them.
The group immediately fled upon the arrival of members of the Citizen Armed Forces Geographical Unit under the Army's 38th Infantry Battalion.
The Bureau of Fire Protection in Parang is still determining the cost of damage.
The staff of the Limbayan Elementary School reportedly received threats in the past.
Authorities are still conducting investigation to identify the men behind the incident. (Edgardo Fuerzas)
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on September 27, 2012.