By Joseph Jubelag
MAGSAYSAY, Davao del Sur- Security forces are hot on the trail of New People’s Army (NPA) rebels who set ablaze, Saturday night, at least three dump trucks owned by a private construction firm in a hinterland village here.
Lt. Jovelyn Rapisura, civil military operations officer of the 39th Infantry Battalion, said government forces are pursuing at least 10 NPA rebels, believed to be from the NPA’s Guerilla Front 72, who burned the three dump trucks owned by Jejors Construction Corp in Barangay Kasuga, Masaysay town.
She said the Communist rebels set on fire the company’s dump trucks for failing to extort money from the company.
She said the management of Jejor’s had earlier received extortion letters coming from the NPA.
The construction firm is undertaking road construction project in the area.
She explained that the construction company rejected the extortion attempt and promptly reported this to authorities.
Rapisura added that the Communist group has been resorting to extortion to augment its dwindling operational funds.
The NPA, the armed-wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines, have stepped its atrocities after President Rodrigo Duterte cancelled the peace talks with the rebel in June 2017.
Rapisura said the military and the police have launched information campaign for the local villagers in the area to shun the NPA guerillas who have sown terror in their communities.