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Rebels torch heavy equipment

LABANGAN, Zamboanga del Sur (PNA) – Suspected New People’s Army (NPA) rebels burned down five heavy equipment worth millions of pesos in the province of Misamis Occidental, a top military official said Saturday.

Maj. Gen. Roseller Murillo, Army’s 1st Infantry Division commander, said the incident happened at around 10:30 p.m. Thursday in Barangay Salvador, Calamba, Misamis Occidental. Murillo said the heavy equipment burned by a group of 15 NPA rebels belonged to RN Builder, a government contractor private currently undertaking a construction project in Barangay Salvador, Calamba.

“This terroristic act of the NPA rebels hinders progress and development of the communities in our area of responsibility,” Murillo said. “We encourage every individual and contractors to cooperate and report to us any suspicious groups and their activities in order prevent another burning incident,” he added.