By Francis Wakefield
The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Tuesday condemned the Communist New People’s Army (NPA) for burning a hydro electric power plant and construction equipment in Oriental Mindoro on Monday, February 25.
In a statement, AFP Spokesman Brig. Gen. Edgard Arevalo, said that, at about 4:30 p.m., 11 heavy equipment and vehicles and four major company facilities located in Santa Clara Hydro Power Plant in Brgy. Malvar, Naujan, Oriental Mindoro were set on fire by members of rebel members.
“The AFP strongly condemns this cowardly and treacherous attack on civilians especially that they (the people) stand to benefit from the electrification that the project will bring to the community,” Arevalo said.
In order to gain access to the company premises, Arevalo said the Communist terrorists posed as government security forces by wearing military and police uniforms.
“The attackers belonging to MRGU, Southern Tagalog Regional Party Committee deprived the people of the opportunity to live in a barangay powered by electricity where the children may enjoy some amenities to advance their learning and education,” Arevalo said.
“This attack on the well-being of the civilians proves that the terrorist group NPA are nothing but a bunch of depraved criminals who lust for the destruction of the future of the poor and indigenous peoples of the communities of Naujan in particular,” he added.
Arevalo said AFP Chief of Staff General Benjamin Madrigal, Jr. has urged the people to reject these terrorists masquerading as champions of the masses.
“Fellow Filipinos in the communities, unite against and never support these NPA,” he said.
Arevalo also said Madrigal called on the members of this band of misguided individuals “to give premium to the welfare and interest of the people of Mindoro and their families; mend their ways and avail of the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program of government than obey the evil dictates of their benighted CPP-NPA leaders.”