NPAs tagged to burning of P9 million equipment of NGCP sub-contractor in Malaybalay

MALAYBALAY CITY – A group of at least 10 armed men believed to be members of the New People’s Army barged into a stockyard of a construction firm here, installed improvised explosive devices and detonated it destroying a crane and a mini-dump truck, Police Supt. Canilo A. Fuentes, Bukidnon deputy police director for operations said in a report.

The armed detonated the IEDs after ordering about 21 employees to vacate the stockyard of the S.L. Development Construction Corporation (SLDCC) in Purok 3, Dalwangan, a highway barangay about 10 kilometers outside of downtown Malaybalay City.

Fuentes told Bukidnon News the perpetrators, armed with AK 47, baby armalite, and .45 pistols, attacked around 12:45 a.m. (early Monday morning).

After 30 minutes, Fuentes said, the armed men fled using the company’s Elf vehicle. Fuentes said the police found the vehicle torched, too, in Sitio Kibuwa in nearby Impalutao, Impasug-ong, Bukidnon.

He added no one was harmed but a security guard, identified in the police initial report as Felipe Salomon was disarmed of his .38 gun service firearms.

According to its webpage, SLDCC is one of the leading contractors of National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) for transmission line and substation projects.

In the police report, the armed men were reported to have shouted after the burning that they did so because Kalpataru, an Indian contractor of NGCP, which allegedly did not pay revolutionary taxes for the last six months.

NGCP is building transmission lines across Bukidnon. (Walter I. Balane)

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