• Police eye labor dispute in torching of 11 Laguna buses

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    THE Philippine National Police (PNP) sees “labor dispute” as the likely motive behind the burning of at least 11 passenger buses by a group of armed men early Monday in Pagsanjan, Laguna.

    PNP chief, Director Gen. Alan Purisima also expressed doubts New People’s Army (NPA) rebels could be behind the burning of 11 buses of MH Transport Inc., at its terminal in Barangay Binan, Pagsanjan.

    “I don’t think it is them . . . I think it’s a labor problem, I think it has something to do with the congressman of 1-Utak,” Purisima told reporters during a press briefing in Camp Crame.

    The PNP chief said that the Laguna Provincial Police Office is still investigating the burning, but he promised to give an update on the progress of the investigation.

    Initial police reports in Camp Crame said that at least 15 armed men wearing camouflage in two vehicles swooped down at around 1 a.m. on Monday at the company’s motorpool compound in the said village.

    The armed men introduced themselves as policemen to the security guards of the bus company and were to search the place for illegal drugs that were reported being stored inside the compound.

    The reports said that the armed men then held the security guards at gunpoint and took their mobile phones before setting fire to 11 buses that parked inside the compound.

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