Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Rebels torch 8 construction equipment in Sultan Kudarat over revolutionary taxes

A burnt cement mixer in Barangay Hinalaan, Kalamansig, Sultan Kudarat on Monday (Jan. 7, 2018) after a torching spree carried out by suspected communist rebels. (Photo courtesy of PRO-12)

Manila, Philippines - Police reported that suspected communist rebels torched eight heavy equipment being used for road construction in the upland village of Hinalaan in Kalamansig, Sultan Kudarat.

Chief Supt. Eliseo Tam Rasco, police regional director for Region 12 (Soccsksargen), said on Wednesday that gunmen in fatigue uniform were suspected to be New Peoples’ Army (NPA).

In a statement, Rasco said disclosed that around 20 armed men arrived at the construction site of Janmerc Construction Company at 4:50 a.m. Monday and burned the equipment.

“Eight heavy equipment were set on fire,” Rasco said

The report also stated that seven construction equipment were torched in Barangay Hinalaan Center and a backhoe in Sitio Saniag - which are both under the same barangay.

Payloader, cement mixer, cargo truck, road roller, dump truck, and backhoe, are among the burned equipment.

Rasco cited that police and Philippine Marines have been deployed in the village of Hinalaan, where the communists operate.

Janmerc is the construction company currently undertaking the road-concreting project between the towns of Senator Ninoy Aquino and Kalamansig, in Sultan Kudarat province.

Reports also said that rebels were allegedly extorting for revolutionary taxes and “protection money” so the company could continue its operation, but was denied by its management.

Source: PTV News