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NPA rebels burn heavy equipment for road project

MAP of Infanta, Quezon

MAP of Infanta, Quezon

The Philippine National Police criticized the New People’s Army Saturday after three backhoes and a bulldozer used in a road-widening project for the construction of a dam in Infanta, Quezon were burned by suspected communist rebels over the weekend.

Chief Supt. Edward Carranza, director of the Philippine National Police Region 4-A or the Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, and Quezon area, said at least 15 NPA rebels are believed to be behind the arson incident.

According to Chief Insp. Lowell Atienza, chief of the Infanta Municipal Police Station, they received a report from a concerned citizen that the communist rebels raided a construction site in Sitio Queborosa in Barangay Magsaysay around 6:30 a.m. Friday and burned some equipment.

Atienza said investigators were immediately dispatched to verify the incident and it turned out that indeed, three backhoes and a bulldozer owned by Northern Builders Corp. were burned by the still unidentified NPA rebels.

Carranza said the burned equipment was used in a road-widening work for the construction of the P12.2-billion Kaliwa Dam project.

The Kaliwa Dam project is expected to provide an additional 600 million liters of water a day to the province and other nearby areas, including Metro Manila, according to authorities.

Carranza said the police have coordinated with the military to identify the perpetrators of the arson incident and make them pay for what they did.

The Calabarzon top cop appealed to the public to reach out to them should they have any helpful information that could lead to the location of the rebels. The Calabarzon police could be reached through their hotlines 09457644414 and 0908777-9992. (Martin Sadongdong)