Rebels torch construction equipment-A A +A
Friday, December 13, 2013
AT LEAST P8 million worth of construction equipment went up in smoke after it was intentionally burned by suspected New People’s Army (NPA) rebels in the hinterlands of Zamboanga del Sur, the police reported.
The incident took place around 12:45 a.m. Thursday at Purok Sinco in the village of Dumalian, San Miguel, Zamboanga del Sur.
The Zamboanga del Sur Police Office (ZDSPO) said in its report that the equipment that were burned down include a backhoe and a dump truck owned by the Walter Lao Construction Company.
Allan Marcillones, a project engineer of construction firm together with field engineer Hazel Bongabong, told the police that the two equipments were intentionally burned by suspected NPA rebels.
The NPA rebels were gone when combined policemen and soldiers arrived at the construction site.
The construction firm is undertaking a road construction project in the village of Dumalian, San Miguel town, the police said.
The police are eyeing extortion as most likely the motive behind the incident.
There were reports in the past that the NPAs demand protection money from construction firms undertaking development projects in the hinterlands of Zamboanga del Sur and other areas of the region, the police said.