Rubber plantation workers injured in Basilan blast

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 19 Feb) – A rubber plantation worker was injured in an improvised bomb explosion perpetrated by suspected Abu Sayyaf bandits in Sumisip, Basilan province, a police official disclosed Thursday.

Senior Insp. Alchmad Alibonga, Sumisip police chief, identified the victim as Marcos Yagao, 36, a rubber tapper of the Mangal Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Development Cooperative (Marbedco).

Alibonga said the incident took place around 6:30 a.m. Thursday in Barangay Mangal.

Investigation showed that Yagao was tapping rubber trees at the Marbedco rubber plantation when an improvise bomb exploded, according to Alibonga.

He said the victim was rushed to the hospital for treatment.

Alibonga said the bomb explosion was the handiwork of the Abu Sayyaf Group for the refusal of the cooperative to give in to their demand of protection money.

The incident was the second that occurred this month in Sumisip.

The first was last February 3 wherein a rubber farmer, Hamirun Mingkong, 47, of Barangay Guiong, Sumisip, was injured.

Mingkong was about to tap rubber trees when he accidentally stepped on an improvised bomb fashioned out as a land mine.