Communists stage fresh attack, burn container van in Southern Philippines

November 30, 2009 11:40 am 

NABUNTURAN, Compostela Valley, Nov. 30 -– Suspected communist-New People’s Army (NPA) staged a fresh attack in Southern Philippines, military reported Monday.

Military report said at least 30 heavily armed communist terrorists swooped down on a banana plantation and burned a container van loaded with almost 2,000 crates of fresh banana.

The incident happened at Purok Riverside, Barangay Katipunan, Maragusan town, Compostela Valley (ComVal) province.

The estimated damaged is placed at P5 million, a sketchy report from the military and police stated.

The flash report reaching the Eastern Mindanao Command (EastMincom) of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) based in Davao Gulf said the communist terrorists flagged down the container truck of Dole-Stanfilco Philippines and ordered the still unidentified driver to disembark and torched it at 6 a.m. on Saturday.

According to EastMincom, the attackers were alleged members of communist-Committee 27 of the CPP(Communist Party of the Philippines)-NPA Southern Mindanao Regional Committee.

EastMincom and Police Regional Office Xl report also said the truck was on its way to the Panabo City wharf in Davao del Norte to deliver its cargo.

No one was hurt during the attack, military and police report said.

Troops of 1003rd Infantry Brigade along with police force in the area have been conducting hot pursuit operations against the fleeing suspected rebels, said EastMincom spokesman Maj. Randolph G. Cabangbang.

It maybe recalled that last August, NPA rebels also burned two trucks of the Dole-Stanfilco in the same town, causing several millions of pesos of damage.

Declassified military and police intelligence sources said the company’s refusal to pay the rebels the so-called revolutionary tax caused the attacks. (PNA) FFC/MUC/utb

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