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NPAs burn construction equipment in Davao Oriental

Camp Apolinario, Panacan, Davao City (15 January) -- New People's Army (NPA) terrorists burned a compactor and a dump truck of a construction firm in the village of Sibahay in Boston town in Davao del Oriental province 3:30 PM Wednesday.

Reports reaching authorities indicate that at least five armed men believed to be members of Local Terrorist Front-20 (LTF-20) of the NPA were responsible in razing the equipment of Sebastian Construction Company.

This is the second time in a month that Sebastian Construction Company was targeted by the NPA. In December 17 last year, NPA terrorists attacked one of its construction site and attempted to burn some equipment.

Rosalinda Ponciano Clata a local resident whose house is near the ongoing construction was killed together with two Cafgu identified as Virgilio Arciana and Roderick Guba who defended the Surigao-Cateel road project while two other Cafgu, Jaymar Gulane and Rey Genabe were wounded in the attack.

A week ago in Kapalong town in Davao del Norte, NPA terrorists also torched a truck and farm products.

A few months ago, several container vans of Stanfilco, a banana subsidiary of Dolefil were also burned by local terrorists in Compostela Valley Province.

The motive in all burning incidents is the failure of the companies and individuals to give-in to the terrorists' extortion demand.

Maj. Gen. Carlos Holganza, Commander of the army's 10th Infantry Division deplored the incident saying, "The true color of the NPA is now clear. They continue to make our people suffer, they sabotage our economy, they don't want progress to take its place and they do this in the guise of revolutionary struggle but in truth is a nationwide systematic big time extortion."

Government troops are now hot on the heels of fleeing terrorists.

The NPA is the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines and has been figured out in many burning incidents to include buses, construction equipment, farm implements and business structures of individuals and companies who failed to give-in to their extortion demand. (101D) [top]

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