NPA rebels torch 2 heavy equipment in Catanduanes

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LEGAZPI CITY, 24July2013 (PNA) – New People’s Army (NPA) members burned on Wednesday afternoon two units of heavy equipment in Barangay Sulong, San Miguel town in Catanduanes, a Philippine National Police (PNP) Bicol official said.

Inspector Malou Calubaquid, PNP Bicol spokesperson, said at least five heavily armed communist rebels torched two units of backhoe that were parked at a roadside in Sitio Ugaw, Barangay Sulong, at around 1:00 p.m., Wednesday.

Calubaquid said the rebels poured gasoline into the equipment owned by Sun West Corp., a construction firm implementing a road opening project in the village, about 15.7 kilometers from Virac — the capital town of Catanduanes.

The NPA guerrillas did not harm the heavy equipment operator and other workers who were having a lunch break when the attack occurred.

Police investigators said the burning was a sort of harassment after the construction firm rejected the extortion demands of the NPAs in the past.

The burning of two heavy equipment on Wednesday was the second incident since 2010 where several heavy equipment from the Sun West Corp. were similarly burned while implementing being used in a construction work at a government circumferential road project in Catanduanes. (PNA)

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