SUSPECTED New People’s Army guerrillas burned a day-care center for young kids in Magpet, North Cotabato early morning Thursday amid the reported failure of the local village chief to heed their demand for a P50,000 revolutionary tax, security officials said yesterday.
A report from the Police Regional Office 12 said that an undetermined number of heavily-armed NPA rebels went to the Day-Care Center in Purok 6, Barangay Mahongcong in Magpet municipality at 8 a.m. last Thursday and then set the facility on fire.
Police said the gunmen even had the tenacity to introduce themselves as soldiers from the Army’s 39th Infantry Battalion when they staged the arson attack. Officials said the incident was believed to have been triggered by the failure of the chairman of Bgy. Mahongcong to pay the rebels their P50,000 monetary demand.
Soldiers and policemen are still tracking down the gunmen, said PRO12 director, Chief Superintendent Eliseo T. Rasco who led the local populace in condemning the latest NPA atrocity in the region which affected dozens of pre-school kids who go to the center everyday.