NPA ad­mit to Hed­cor bomb­ing

Sun.Star Baguio - - Front Page - Jonathan Llanes

THE Leonardo Pacsi Com­mand of the New Peo­ple's Army or NPA op­er­at­ing in Moun­tain Prov­ince ad­mit­ted to bomb­ing the Sa­ban­gan sub-sta­tion of the Hy­dro-Elec­tric De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (HED­COR) Inc.

In a state­ment, the NPA al­leged that the lo­cal gov­ern­ment of Sa­ban­gan ear­lier re­quested Hed­cor for as­sis­tance in de­vel­op­ing their lo­cal wa­ter re­sources to build a mini-hy­dro un­der the build-op­er­ate-trans­fer scheme of the re­ac­tionary gov­ern­ment in the year 1989.

The rebels said “Hed­cor took ad­van­tage of this sup­ported by the Elec­tric Power In­dus­try Re­form Act

and the Re­new­able En­ergy Act of 2008 which opened the nat­u­ral en­ergy re­sources fo prof­itable busi­ness fa­vor­ing in­de­pen­dent power pro­duc­ers (IPP).”

Sun*Star Baguio sources re­vealed on the night of Oc­to­ber 10, ten fully armed men held at gun point two on duty Hed­cor se­cu­rity guards at the plant’s tap­ping point.

The armed men then planted an Im­pro­vised Ex­plo­sive De­vice and det­o­nated it caus­ing a sin­gle ex­plo­sions re­sult­ing to dam­age the con­trol room of the sub-sta­tion.

The firearms of the on duty se­cu­rity guards were also al­legedly taken by the sus­pects but re­leased as the men left on foot to­wards Made­pde­pas Data in Sa­ban­gan town.

The NPA state­ment stressed “Hed­cor used its well-oiled ma­chin­ery in con­nivance with the lo­cal gov­ern­ment units and agen­cies in rig­ging the process of get­ting the free, prior and in­formed con­sent (FPIC) of some stake­hold­ers in 2011 with only the 2 host com­mu­ni­ties namely Na­pua and Na­matec took part, while the down­stream and up­stream com­mu­ni­ties who sim­i­larly have the right to their an­ces­tral do­main and the wa­ter­shed were not con­sulted.”

Hed­cor has since de­nounced the bomb­ing and is set to an­swer the al­le­ga­tions of the rebel group.

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