Military, police pursue rebels in Apayao

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TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan: The Cordillera Regional Police and the military are conducting intensified operations against suspected members of the New People’s Army (NPA) over the reported burning of construction equipment in Conner town in Apayao province.

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Police reports said suspected NPA members burned two dump trucks and one forward truck on August 3, after they allegedly failed to extort money from the Omengan Construction and Development Corporation (OCDC) in Barangay Guinaang.

The OCDC has ongoing construction projects in the Cordillera Administrative Region including roads that will connect Apayao, Kalinga and Cagayan provinces.

The police reports said the suspects are members of the NPA’s Leo Cauilan Command-Kalinga.

According to the reports, more than 40 suspected rebels broke into the OCDC compound at about 6 p.m., rounded up its employees and encouraged them to join their group.

The suspected rebels confiscated personal belongings of the employees and left a demand letter to the company for “revolutionary” tax.

They used a dump truck and a pick-up truck as getaway vehicles driven by two OCDC employees who were released with the pick-up truck after one hour.

The getaway dump truck was reportedly dropped into a ravine.

LEANDER C. DOMINGO

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