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Latest NPA casualty is Silay International Airport, says PNP

Quezon City (9 October) -- The latest attack perpetrated by the CPP/NPA in Silay City, Negros Occidental damaged equipment worth P25 million. This adds up to a total cost of P266.836M that the communist terrorists have inflicted on public and private projects/business entities from 2000-2006.

Telecom companies like Globe and Smart remain the biggest victims whose cell sites have been destroyed by the communist terrorist army, the NPA, because of the telecom companiesí consistent refusal to pay exorbitant extortion money to the insurgents.

For the year 2002, the damage to Globe telecom and other companies like Smart amounted to 83.5M. Damages to telecommunication facilities totaled P265.435M from 2000-August 2006.

The cost of destroyed buses of transportation companies has reached P137.6M from 2000 to August 2006.

Big bus companies have been victimized for their failure to come across with the CPP/NPA in paying extortion money to the rebel extortionists.

This kind of banditry being perpetrated by the communist terrorists goes against its much propagandized cause of protecting the interest of the Filipino masses.

The destructions of cell sites, air conditioned buses, and this time of government projects aimed at improving public infrastructures to help the economy have clearly demonstrated the blood-thirsty character of the CPP/NPA which is being concealed before the publicís eye by the front organizations under the wings of the National Democratic Front.

PNP analysts say that the attack on the Silay International Airport is an attack against the interest of the broad masses of the Filipino people. The airport will definitely advance the development of commerce, tourism and heavy industries as well as provide wide ranging collateral job-generating trade/business activities in Bacolod City and the whole province of Negros Occidental. The CPP/NPA in coordination with the Negros Island Regional Party Committee headed by renegade priest Frank Fernandez had decided on its destruction.

Their strategic aim is to subject the Negrenses deeper into poverty. By maintaining the poverty level in Negros Occidental, the CPP/NPA strategists assure the insurgents with a continued source of recruits for the underground movement.

The CPP/NPA is thwarting the efforts of the provincial government and local private business interests in uplifting the economic life of the Negrenses. And yet, in their vociferous propaganda, they regularly insist that they are fighting for the interest of the masses. (PIA) [top]

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