10th ID to intensify security measures on dev't project areas

THE 10th Infantry Division (ID) said on Friday that they are already coordinating with the management of Algons and Sons Co. to intensify their security measures in the areas where they have existing development projects.

This after suspected members of the New People's Army (NPA) burned five heavy equipment owned by the company in two separate areas in Davao City early Thursday morning.

Captain Rhyan Batchar, spokesperson for 10th ID, said the 84th Infantry Battalion (IB) has been in contact with the manager of the company to discuss the measures they can do to prevent any similar attacks to happen again.

"Pursuit operations were launched against the group of Almira Rosete, alias Masi, commander of the Front Committee 54 held responsible for burning the equipment," Batchar told Sun.Star Davao in a phone interview Friday afternoon.

A total of P10 million worth of damage was pegged after five heavy equipment, including two backhoes, graders, road roller and unit compactor were allegedly burned by the NPA rebels.

Batchar said the management disclosed to the 84th IB that they did not receive any extortion threat from any lawless groups.

"Wala pud silay maisip na motive ug rason ngano gisunog ilang equipment (They cannot think of any motive or reason why their equipment were burned)," Batchar said.

But Batchar clarified they also discussed with the management on the possibility of extending help in their security measures on their existing construction projects.

"Daghan pa sila ug mga construction projects pa so kelangan naa gyud silay security (We were informed that Algons and Sons Co. still have existing projects so there is a need to strengthen their security)," he added.

The Davao City Police Office (DCPO) are also conducting separate investigation to support the Philippine Army.

DCPO spokesperson Milgrace Driz said they are waiting for the affidavits of the witness for them to hasten the filing of charges for arson.

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