KIDAPAWAN CITY – Suspected communist guerillas torched three heavy equipment located in a hinterland village here, around 11:45 p.m., Sunday.
Acer Perez, chairman of Barangay Mua-an here, said at least 12 armed men on board six motorcycles arrived at the village and started to pour gallons of gasoline on the equipment and burned them.
Few minutes after, the rebels started firing guns on the vehicles and left.
Perez said that as the rebels started to withdraw from the area, they seized a barangay tanod identified as Tata Cardion, who, until now is still missing.
Cardion’s shotgun is also missing, the village official added.
The heavy equipment are owned by the Jargon Construction Company from M’lang town.
The torching incident came just few hours after suspected New Peoples’ Army (NPA) rebels staged landmine attacks against personnel of the 57th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army in Barangay Balite, a hinterland in Magpet town.
Two soldiers, including an Army official identified as 1st Lt. Nasrullah Sema, commander of the Charlie Company of the 57th IB, sustained minor injury.
Vinluan clarified Sema was hit on his foot, not by bomb shrapnel but due to an accident as he tried to jump from his motorcycle to cover from the blast. He is now out of danger, the 57thIB commander said.