NPAs torch heavy equipment anew

FOUR HEAVY equipment and water pumps were torched by alleged members of New People’s Army in Sitio Blackhouse, Barangay Dumlan in Maco, Compostela Valley on Sunday evening.

Lt. Alexandre Cabales, spokesperson of 10th Infantry Division, said armed men burned one pay loader; a grader; a backhoe and bulldozer—sustained partial damage—and four water pumps. The group withdrew towards Barangay Aribongon of the same municipality.

Cabales said they are looking at extortion as the motive of the incident.

Troops and the local police are still conducting a manhunt operation to go after the perpetrators of the incident.

Last Aug. 22, eight pieces of heavy equipment were torched by alleged member’s of New People’s Army in Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur.

According to the report, a grader and backhoe were burned in Barangay Coronon at 7:30 p.m. two more backhoes of TKS company were also burned in Barangay Darong at the same time.

Another backhoe and a dump truck of Premium Construction Company owned by Congressman Pepeng Agoba of AWAT Partylist were also burned in Sitio Takub in Barangay Zone 1 at 10 p.m., reportedly by five armed men riding motorcycles.

At 10:20 p.m., a crane and a backhoe owned by Profen construction were razed along the national highway in Barangay Tagabuli.

Two alleged members of the New People’s Army are facing a criminal charge before the Provincial Prosecution Office of Davao del Sur for their alleged involvement in the torching of heavy equipment of construction firms in the area.

The suspects were arrested in Sitio Bayungon, Barangay Astorga, Sta. Cruz on Aug. 23.

Jimmy Joven and Peter John Corales are facing a charge for violation of Republic Act 9156 or the “Comprehensive Dangerous Drug Act of 2002” and Republic Act 10591 or the “Comprehensive Law of Firearm and Ammunition.”

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