NPA rebels torch road building equipment in Davao Sur

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.

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