MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/08 January) – Two security guards of fruit giant Del Monte Philippines were killed in an ambush Tuesday by
suspected New People’s Army rebels along the highway in Impasugong, Bukidnon.
Tito Yecyec, team leader and Ronilo Madrid died before reaching the Bethel Baptist Hospital in Malaybalay City.
Two others, Antonio Alambatin and Warlito Segura survived the attack and were brought to the same hospital.
The four were identified as employees of Padlas Security Agency and were assigned to Del Monte, a Lorenzo-owned company that operates vast pineapple and banana plantations in Bukidnon.
The guards were reportedly on patrol when waylaid by the fatigue-clad attackers who reportedly positioned themselves behind banana plants
near the highway in Capitan Bayong, Impasugong.
Police Inspector Leandro C. Bade, Impasug-ong police chief cited in his written report on the incident that the attackers carted away two
M16 rifles, a shotgun, and a .38 revolver.
They flagged down a passing pickup type multicab, which they used as their getaway vehicle.
Bade’s report said the assailants were believed to be members of the NPA.
Mariano Yamba, driver of the vehicle said the armed men asked his wife and grandchildren to disembark before instructing him to bring them to
Zone 5 in the same village.
Yamba executed an affidavit before Impasugong Mayor Mario Okinlay saying the armed men introduced themselves as NPA members. He said
they told him not to be afraid and to respond if called for investigation.
Lawyer Marco Parpan, DMPI plantation labor relations and legal services manager told MindaNews via SMS their company never received
threats from the NPA or any other group prior to the attack.
“Based on the account of the survivors, the perpetrators were not specifically targeting DMPI. They were only after the arms and ammunition that the security team carried as part of their work,” he added.
Radio Station DXDB reported classes were suspended at the elementary school in Capt. Bayong as the attack frightened the children. But
classes had resumed as of January 5. (Walter I. Balane/MindaNews)