NPA burns P3-M trac­tors af­ter extortion de­mand re­jected

Sun Star Bacolod - - Top Stories - BY GLAZYL Y. MASCULINO

SOME sus­pected mem­bers of the New Peo­ple’s Army (NPA) al­legedly burned five farm trac­tors and a ve­hi­cle amount­ing to P3 mil­lion af­ter a vil­lage chief and a busi­ness­man re­jected their extortion de­mands in Barangay Sta. Mon­ica in Man­juyod, Ne­gros Ori­en­tal Mon­day night.

About 50 armed men who iden­ti­fied them­selves as NPA re­port­edly en­tered Longa Her­mosa Ha­cienda owned by vil­lage chief Mar­tin Longa at 7 p.m. and al­legedly burned the farm equip­ment.

The armed group also al­legedly con­fis­cated two cel­lu­lar phones, two hand­held ra­dios, and a Wifi mo­dem from the vic­tim. But he was un­harmed.

Based on mil­i­tary re­ports, the Com­mu­nist Party of the Philip­pines (CPP)NPA al­legedly de­manded P500,000 from Longa ear­lier. But, he re­jected them.

Lieu­tenant Colonel Carlo Fer­rer, com­man­der of Task Group Ne­gros Ori­en­tal of the 302nd Ibde, in a press state­ment, con­demned an­other ter­ror­is­tic act of the CPP-NPA against a le­git­i­mate busi­ness­man and barangay cap­tain.

This in­ci­dent demon­strates again the kind of ter­ror that the CPP-NPA is ca­pa­ble of show­ing against law-abid­ing cit­i­zens and busi­ness­men in the prov­ince of Ne­gros Ori­en­tal, Fer­rer said.

It is no longer about the ide­ol­ogy that they are fight­ing for. Their use of pop­u­lar is­sues of the masses and the ne­glected sec­tor of the so­ci­ety is just a fa­cade wherein they ma­nip­u­late and de­ceive the peo­ple by ap­pear­ing to be fight­ing for their cause, he said.

It is al­ready very clear to us now that the CPP-NPA is just a one big extortion syn­di­cate, and thus, in­stead of help­ing the peo­ple im­prove their lives, they are the cause of their suf­fer­ing by dis­rupt­ing gov­ern­ment in­fra­struc­ture projects, de­lay­ing the de­liv­ery of ba­sic gov­ern­ment ser­vices and slow­ing eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment in the ar­eas that they are ter­ror­iz­ing, he added.

Thus, it is with a con­vic­tion that the Task Group Ne­gros Ori­en­tal of 302nd Ibde will not tol­er­ate this un­for­tu­nate in­ci­dent to con­tinue, he said.

The task group has al­ready tasked 94th In­fantry Bat­tal­ion to con­duct pur­suit op­er­a­tion at the pos­si­ble with­drawal area of the per­pe­tra­tors im­me­di­ately af­ter the in­ci­dent.

Check­points and com­bat pa­trols were al­ready con­ducted to­gether with the po­lice forces in the area to con­tain the sit­u­a­tion and limit the area of the es­cape of the said group.

Also, all com­bat and in­tel­li­gence units in the area were tasked to in­ten­sify their ef­forts to ob­tain ad­di­tional in­tel­li­gence about the en­emy.*


ONE of the five trac­tors al­legedly burned by sus­pected New Peo­ple’s Army (NPA) af­ter its owner, who is a vil­lage chief, re­jected their extortion ac­tiv­ity at Barangay Sta. Mon­ica in Man­juyod, Ne­gros Ori­en­tal Mon­day.

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