By Freddie Velez
CITY OF SAN JOSE DEL MONTE, Bulacan – Suspected members of the New People’s Army attacked a development corporation in Barangay Ciudad Real recently in the mountainous part of this city, bordering Rodriguez, Rizal.
Nine security firearms of the Monte Grande Development Corp. were confirmed taken by an armed group.
Police operatives led by Supt. Fitz Macariola, chief of police here, said they were able to reach the site on Saturday to conduct patrol, inspection and investigation on the said company that was allegedly raided by an armed group with at least 30 members wearing police vest and uniforms who allegedly introduced themselves as members of the New People’s Army (NPA).
Macariola said the armed group raided the said company around 11 a.m. and took the service firearms of the company’s security personnel that include five SAS 12 gauge shotguns, two M30 shotguns and two 9mm Armscor pistols and fled toward Rodriguez, Rizal around 3 p.m. the same day.
Immediate investigation on the incident was hampered as the company’s security officers failed to report the incident to the police, Macariola said.
Chief Supt. Amador V. Corpus, Central Luzon police regional director, said they are still validating if the armed men are really members of the NPA.
On the other hand, the Communist Party of the Philippines posted on their web site identifying the armed group as belonging to the NPA forces in Mt. Sierra Madre-Southern Tagalog under Rosario Lodronio Rosal Command (RLRC-NPA-Mt. Sierra Madre-Southern Tagalog Sub-regional Command) and congratulated them “ in their successful raid against the armed goons of Chinese tycoon Lucio Tan in Barangay Ciudad Real, San Jose Del Monte City, Bulacan.”
The CPP said, the company was “ involved in the land grabbing of 77 hectares of land owned by the farmers in the said barangay.”
It added, “ This action should serve as warning to other big landlords and oligarchs that the NPA won’t let them oppress the farmers and the Filipino people.”