The officialdom of North Cotabato on Wednesday vehemently condemned the attack on a rubber industry company in Makilala town by the New People’s Army (NPA) rebels who torched its facilities, killed one worker and injured another on Sunday.
The attack occurred at about 7:40 p.m.— just few hours after the culmination of festivities in the Kalivungan Festival for the 99th founding anniversary of the province, the first day of this month’s national peace consciousness observance.
Governor Emmylou Taliño-Mendoza of North Cotabato province strongly condemned the attack as “dastardly and cowardly act” contrary to what the leftist rebel movement’s touted struggle for the cause of the Filipino masses.
She said some 30 armed men of the NPA local front headed by certain Felix Armodia blasted land mines that torched facilities of the Standard Rubber Development Corporation (SRDC) at Barangay Taluntalunan in Makilala town, killed the civilian worker Hector Lalaguna and wounded his co-worker named only as Francisco.
The victims were among “hapless workers” on-board in a vehicle with other responders in attempt to put out the fire, said Gov. Mendoza, who asked the SRDC company to continue their operation and not to be scared from the extortion activities of the NPA.
“I call upon all peace loving people of the province to condemn in strongest possible terms the attack, and rally our efforts in resolving conflicts through legal and peaceful means. There is much at stake and more to lose if we let violence and fear reign,” the governor said in a statement furnished the Manila Times.
“These armed terrorists are unmindful of our conscious efforts all these years to provide a peaceful atmosphere for business investments in the province as an avenue for employment opportunities,” the irate governor said. Moh I. Saaduddin