SUSPECTED New People’s Army guerrillas shortly before midnight Tuesday stormed a mining site in Ayungon, Negros Oriental where they set millions of pesos worth of heavy equipment on fire after disarming two security guards on duty, police said yesterday.
Police Regional Office 7 director, Chief Superintendent Debold M. Sinas said, that around 50 heavily-armed NPA gunmen raided the quarry site of Pilipinas Eco-Friendly Mining Corporation in Barangay Jandalamanon in Ayungon municipality and poured petrol on several bulldozers , excavators and trucks being used by the company in their operations before setting them afire at 11:45 p.m. Tuesday.
Sinas said a company security guard identified as Anthony Singco, 24, reported the arson attack to the Ayungon Municipal Police Station. The guard said that prior to the burning incident, the gunmen disarmed two guards of their caliber .38 revolvers.
After disarming the guards, the rebels set a still undetermined number of heavy equipment on fire before fleeing towards the direction of nearby Bindoy municipality.
Sinas said members of the Army’s 94th Infantry Battalion and the PRO7 Regional Mobile Force 7 and the Negros Provincial Mobile Force Company are still tracking down the suspects as of press time. The incident was the first recorded NPA atrocity in Central Visayas at the start of the new year, the official said.