MANILA (Kyodo) — Communist rebels disguised as government soldiers on Thursday raided a Japanese-managed banana farm on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao, a military spokesman said.
At least two dozen New People’s Army guerillas in military uniforms raided the main compound of the Sumifru Philippines Corp. plantation at around 4:20 a.m., Lt. Col. Lyndon Paniza said.
They disarmed the farm’s guards, seized their weapons, stole a generator set and torched two water trucks before leaving the plantation, which is located in Kapatagan, a village of Laak town in the Compostela Valley of eastern Mindanao.
Sumifru Philippines Corp., a joint venture involving a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sumitomo Corp., is engaged in the sourcing, production, shipment, distribution, and marketing of fresh fruits, especially bananas.
Thursday’s raid is the latest in a series of sporadic attacks by the communist rebels. On Oct. 3, up to 200 of them raided three mining companies, including Sumitomo Metal Mining Co., on Mindanao.