Workers stop NPA from burning road construction equipment

Workers of Venray Construction Corporation prevented the CPP-NPA terrorists from burning their construction equipment that were parked in their field office in Brgy Cabangahan, Malaybalay early morning today (June 6, 2019).

Employees woke up at 2:30AM with unusual noise and saw their company’s Bonggo truck lit by fire. This prompted them to respond and drive away the perpetrators who immediately escaped. The workers immediately doused the fire with water and fire extinguisher thus prevented it from spreading towards nearby Grader and Backhoe. Fire truck from Brgy Aglayan arrived minutes later to completely stop the fire.

Perpetrators were riding on 8 motorcycles and fled southwards according to witnesses

“Sunod sunod ang ginagawang karahasan ng NPA laban sa mga inosenteng sibilyan hindi lang dito sa Bukidnon, pati sa ibat-ibang panig ng bansa. Dapat pagpaliwanagin ang pamunuan ng CPP at NDF kung bakit hindi nila madisiplina ang hanay ng NPA sa patuloy na pag atake sa mga sibilyan na walang kinalaman sa labanan ng sundalo at NPA”, BGen Edgardo De Leon, 403Bde Commanders said.

Investigators are now focused on gathering information for the filing of appropriate case against CPP-NDF-NPA members and leaders. Line of investigations to check:

1. If the area that was attacked is a military camp or a civilian compound?

2. If the equipment burned owned by military or by civilian?

3. If the equipment burned ever used by military or involved in military operation against NPA?

4. If the people accosted by the NPA ever participated in military operations against the NPA?

5. If the Venray construction company involved in direct military operations against the NPA?

Should the result of initial investigation provides a strong case that the NPA attacked civilians, then appropriate case will be filed at CHR10 which handles investigation of IHL violations. A case will also be docketed at RTC Branch 25 in CDO City, the special court designated to try IHL case.

“We call on KARAPATAN, which claims to be a citizens watch that monitors IHL violations, to do a parallel investigation to determine if the NPA indeed violated IHL in this particular incident or not”, BGen De Leon added.

“We are very thankful to the workers’ courageous act of shooing away the NPA terrorists to prevent their equipment from being destroyed and for the quick response of BFP responders. This is the real essense of the “whole of nation” approach in preventing the communist NPA terrorists from sowing chaos in our place. This incident proves that the local communists terrorists are no match to people who unite and resist, even if the people are unarmed”, said MGen Franco Nemesio Gacal, 4ID Commander.

Recently, a certain Pia Alonzo, a self-declared spokesperson of the NPA terrorists in Bukidnon claimed responsibility over the straffing of Brgy Tanods in Brgy Sto NiƱo, Manolo Fortich and for detonating Anti-Personnel Mines in Impasug-ong, Bukidnon that hit a convoy carrying foreigners who came to observe our IP’s best practices in preserving the tribal heritage. Karapatan is yet to issue statement on these incidents.

A similar NPA terrorist attack on construction equipment in Samar last week prompted Catholic Church leaders into condemning the CPP-NDF-NPA as it hampers economic development and deprives the people of the much needed infrastractures. Notably, Region 10 Peace and Order Council made an earlier resolution condemning the NPA’s atrocity committed against civilians. CDO City Archbishop Antonio Ledesma, as a member of RPOC10 recognized and expressed strong support to the Resolution and called upon the CPP-NDF leaders to direct the NPA to stop attacking civilians. The NPA seemed playing deaf on the pleadings.