Suspected NPA torches again heavy equipment in North Cotabato

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SUSPECTED New People’s Army (NPA) torched heavy equipment owned by a building construction company in a shortcut road linking North Cotabato province and Davao City, the military said.

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Lt. Nasrullah Semam, spokesman of the Army’s 70th Infantry Battalion, said on Sunday that 10 suspected combatants of NPA’s Front 53 burned a bulldozer and two elf trucks at Barangay Ladayon in Arakan town at about 2 p.m.

Sema added that the refusal of the company’s management to pay “revolutionary tax” to the NPA staged the attack.

The construction company is constructing a road linking Arakan town to Davao City via the Buda highway of Davao City’s Kalinan district, alongside a water impounding project and irrigation facilities, Sema said.

The incident followed the torched of at least six heavy equipment by NPA guerillas the other week, three of which owned by other private construction company in Matalam town also in North Cotabato, which the same fees were demanded from the company, Sema said.

The Army advised construction companies to coordinate with concerned authorities before undertaking operations in the province to avoid harassments by lawless elements. MOH I. SAADUDDIN

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