By Minerva BC Newman
CEBU CITY – About 50 communist rebels attacked a mining firm owned by Pilipinas Eco-Friendly Mining Corporation in Barangay Jandalamanon Ayungon Negros Oriental, last Tuesday, burning down 11 heavy equipment.
Central Command (Cencom) spokesman Capt. Patrick Martinez told Manila Bulletin in a phone interview that the New People’s Army (NPA) got furious after the mining firm refused to pay a tribute and the recent arrest and death of some of its members in Guihulngan.
Martinez said the rebels set fire to two a backhoe and a payloader and several other heavy equipment.
Martinez said troops and police were going after the insurgents.
Lt. Gen Noel Clement, Centcom commander, condemned the raid as another terroristic and desperate attack by the NPA.
“They again targeted a legitimate company which is one of the sources of livelihood of the people in that area,” Clement said.
Clement said he had directed his ground commanders to conduct pursuit operations without let-up.
“We will not let this terror group to continue sowing fear among the peace-loving people in Negros,” he said.