CAMP EVANGELISTA, Cagayan de Oro City — The anti-development terrorist New People’s Army stormed two private companies in Bukidnon on February 25, 2017.
At around 5:40 in the afternoon, more or less 15 fully-armed NPAs entered the Compound of the proposed site for the 10.6 megawatts Pulanai Hydroelectric Power Plant at Zone 11, Hangaron, Barangay Lumbayao, an outskirt community of Valencia City. The NPAs confiscated the cellphones of the workers and ordered them to go out of the said compound. According to the witnesses, the NPAs fired several shots after laying some Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) inside the compound.
Col Antonio Bautista Jr., 8IB Commanding Officer immediately sent troops including a team from the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) to go after the said armed group and to carefully recover the said planted IEDs.
It can be recalled that on Dec 10, 2016, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte graced its groundbreaking ceremony. He even mentioned in his speech that he is asking the NPAs to spare the project from their attacks as the Pulanai plant, owned and operated by Repower Energy Development Corp., is one of the power-generation facilities that are envisioned to boost the economic activity in that area for it will cater the electric requirements for the people of Mindanao and will generate employment for the people in that area.
Meanwhile, at around 10 pm the same day, another NPA group burned down two spray trucks owned by Davco Agri Venture Corporation (DAVCO) in Brgy Merangiran, Quezon, Bukidnon.
According to the PNP investigation, the company’s refusal to give-in to NPA extortion demand is the reason behind the incident.
MGen Benjamin R Madrigal Jr., 4ID Commander lambasted the NPA’s attack and promised that there will be no let-up on the pursuit operation against the perpetrators. He said “The NPA terrirists have once again proven to the whole nation that they really do not want our country to develop. What they did in those areas is plain economic sabotage that aims to make our people suffer.”
“We are one with the peace-loving people of Bukidnon in condemning this terror group. I have ordered my line units that there will be no let-up in our operation. We shall see to it that we will hit them harder until they cease in doing their atrocities in the area.”