BANSALAN, Davao del Sur—A group of armed men claiming to be members of the New People’s Army set on fire heavy equipment owned by a Chinese road construction company here on Friday, the police said Saturday.
Senior Inspector Milgrace Driz, Bansalan police chief, said the armed men arrived in Barangay Dolo around 2 p.m. Friday and declared they were NPA guerrillas. They then doused a backhoe owned by CNQC-Quingjian Group of Companies, which is rehabilitating the Bansalan-Kidapawan national highway, with gasoline and set it on fire.
It was the second attack on the Chinese construction company.
In November, NPA rebels also burned road-building equipment owned by the company.
Driz said the attacks on CNQC-Quingjiang might have been due to the rebels’ failure to extort money from the company.