Thursday, May 20, 2010

Construction Equipment Burned Down by NPA Rebels, 2 Unarmed Militiamen Abducted

Two (2) road construction equipment burned down by CPP/NPA bandits

CAMP ELIAS ANGELES, Pili, CamSur – Two heavy equipment used for the construction of infrastructure projects in Camarines Sur were burned down by suspected communist terrorists in Camarines Sur at around 10:40am today, a military report said.

LtCol Ernesto Cruz, the Battalion Commander of the 42nd Infantry Battalion based in Nabua, Camarines Sur said that two heavy construction motor graders were torched down by more or less three NPA rebels at Bgy Sto Nino of Bula town.

“The burned construction equipment are owned by Sunwest Development Corporation which implements the construction of the Panoypoyan-Minalabac road,” said Cruz.

Col Leoncio Cirunay, Commander of the 22nd Infantry Battalion also disclosed that two of his CAFGU personnel were abducted by the terrorist rebels in the same place where the burning incident occurred.

“My militiamen were on off-duty status and they asked permission to go to Bula town to buy home-made bolos. Their motorcycle was also torched down by the rebels who held them at gunpoint,” said Cirunay.

The fate of the abducted CAFGUs was still unknown as of this time. A hundred-man strong company of soldiers was already sent to pursue the fleeing rebels.

Major Harold Cabunoc, 9th ID Spokesperson said that communist terrorists rebels had carried out similar attacks on construction equipment and telecommunications facilities around Bicol region in the past years.

In 2009, heavy equipment and a Globe cell site were torched down in Presentacion and Baao town, respectively, for failing to pay the extortion demands by the NPA rebels.

Major General Ruperto R Pabustan, Commander of the 9th Infantry Division, has placed all units of the Philippine Army in the Bicol Region on high-alert status as the communist terrorist rebels have started its attacks on construction equipment and unarmed military personnel.

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