Police blame NPA in burning of heavy construction equipment

December 9, 2014 11:53 am 

KIDAPAWAN CITY, Dec. 9 -– Police here have identified the men behind the burning of four heavy equipment of a private construction company working on a road project beside Mt. Apo, the country’s highest peak, police said Tuesday.

Supt. Franklin Anito, Kidapawan City police chief, today said the suspects in the burning of two dump trucks, a back hoe and a cement mixer, were members of the New People's Army (NPA) who have been mulcting Jargon construction company.

He said witnesses confirmed the suspects’ identities through a photo gallery the police have showed them.

Kidapawan City Councilor Francis Palmones, chair of the city committee on peace and order, condemned the attack and urged the police to file charges against what he described as “terrorist act.”

The four equipment, owned by a construction firm from Gen. Santos City, were parked near the village hall to ensure safety were set on fire by the rebels.

Speaking during the City Council special session on Monday, Palmones said the act was considered "terroristic and barbaric" which caused traumatic experiences to the firm employees and residents who witnessed the incident.

“They sow terror in our city. I condemn the act and considered it as barbaric as it caused panic and fear among constituents in Barangay Mua-an,” Palmones said.

To the perpetrators, Palmones appealed to spare the city for its people simply want peace and development.

“Please don’t disturb the peace and tranquillity of Kidapawan City. The peace loving people here want to live without fear and free from any form of terrorists' act,” Palmones added.

About 12 heavily armed NPA arrived in the village of Mua-an and without any word poured gasoline at parked heavy equipment used for the construction of a road network that connects Mua-an and Barangay Ilomavis.

Then the rebels set on fire the facilities, fired their guns and fled.

”We were NPAs,” the men chanted as they left at past 12 midnight Sunday.

The burning of heavy equipment came hours after the NPAs pulled a road side bomb attack that slight hurt an Army captain and a corporal in nearby Barangay Balite, Magpet, North Cotabato. (PNA)

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