LEGAZPI CITY (27-Jan-12) – Suspected New People’s Army (NPA) rebels torched on Thursday night a passenger bus in Barangay Cagbacong, a remote village in this city, a Philippine Army officer reported on Friday.
The air conditioned Silver Star passenger bus was set on fire for refusing to pay revolutionary tax by the communist movement, Army Maj. Angelo Guzman, 9th Infantry Division spokesperson, said.
The bus carrying 21 passengers including three rebels was bound for Manila from Bulan, Sorsogon.
It was negotiating the Maharlika Highway at the vicinity of Barangays Cumadcad and Sogoy in Castilla town in Sorsogon when the three passengers with handguns introduced themselves as NPA rebels and subsequently hijacked the bus about 7:30 p.m. Thursday and ordered the driver to proceed to Barangay Cagbacong, an interior village in this city, where three more rebels with high powered assault rifles were waiting.
The passengers were told to get off after which the NPAs poured gasoline and set the bus ablaze.
After torching the bus, the rebels allowed the passengers to leave on foot trekking their way back to the national highway in Barangay Sogoy in Castilla.
An eyewitness stated the three rebels boarded the bus at the terminal in Sorsogon City.(PNA)