MANILA, Philippines – Armed rebels believed to be members of the New People’s Army burned heavy equipment in a quarry site in Surigao City early Thursday, a military spokesman said.
In a statement, 4th Infantry Division spokesman Major Eugenio Osias IV said that the rebels from the NPA’s Guerrilla Front 16 of the North Eastern Mindanao Committee burned down two payloaders and one dumptruck owned by a certain Felix Chua at around 5 a.m. at Sitio (sub-village) Aton, Barangay (village) Danao.
Authorities estimated the damage at about P8 million.
Quoting initial reports, Osias said that rebels burned the equipment because the owner failed to meet the amount being demanded by the NPA.
Nevertheless, Osias said that authorities were still investigating the motive behind the latest attack.
Meanwhile, elements of the 30th Infantry “Python” Battalion under Lieutenant Colonel Vincent Iringan began pursuit operations to catch the rebels while local police are preparing to file criminal cases against the group.