INFANTA, QUEZON -- A band of heavily armed men believed to be communist guerillas burned heavy equipment of a construction firm doing a Manila Water Works Sewerage System (MWSS) project at Bgy. Magsaysay, here yesterday.
Quezon police director Senior Supt. Osmundo de Guzman said that the incident happened at 6:30 a.m. while workers of Northern Builders Corporation doing a huge dam were preparing for the day’s work.
Quoting chairman Upiano Crisostomo of said village, De Guzman said the armed men numbering around 15 torched different heavy equipment including three backhoes and a bulldozer.
He said the armed men then left on foot leaving the workers unharmed.
Upon learning of the incident, elements of Infanta police station under Chief Insp. Lowell Atienza and personnel of Quezon Provincial Mobile Force Company under Supt. Arnulfo Selencio immediately responded but the suspects had already gone far.
On the night of January 22 while Quezon officials including the police and military were busy preparing for the scheduled visit of President Rodrigo Duterte the next day, a band of armed men believed to be New People’s Army (NPA) rebels burned three dump trucks, two back hoes, a generator set, a transit mixer, a loader, an L300 van and one unserviceable Strada pick-up truck at Bgy. Maragondon, Real, Quezon.
The equipment were owned by Pacific Summit Construction which has been doing the “Upper Lubayat Mini Hydro Power Plant Project” at said coastal village.
No one was hurt during the incident.