DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 13 Sept) – Members of the New People’s Army (NPA) allegedly burned two vehicles around 7 p.m. Saturday at Sitio Mangway, Brgy. Pintatagan, Banaybanay town, Davao Oriental.
In a phone interview , Capt. Alberto Caber, chief of the Public Information Office (PIO) and spokesperson of the Eastern Mindanao Command (EastMinCom), estimated that at least 15 rebels, led by alias Bansai or Pakat of the NPA’s Southern Mindanao Regional Committee, were behind the burning of an Isuzu “Saddam” truck and a Mitsubishi Delica van owned by Ronaldo Mangosong.
The van worth P300,000 sustained the most damage while only the tires of the truck were burned, he said.
He added that a joint military and Philippine National Police forces have already mounted checkpoints in some areas in the town.
Caber said that authorities are now investigating the incident to determine what transpired as the owner of the vehicles did not receive any extortion demand from the NPA.
No one was hurt in the incident.
In a press statement, Caber said that the owner was saddened by the incident because the vehicles were used for his family’s livelihood.
Caber said that last month, eight trucks were also burned in Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur.
Two weeks after, another vehicle was burned in Pantukan, Compostela Valley.
Caber has yet to release the total number of vehicles allegedly burned by the NPA this year.
“The Philippine Army’s 28th Infantry Battalion supports the local PNP in its law enforcement efforts,” he added. “Under the International Humanitarian Law, civilians and civilian properties should not be the object of attack,” he stressed.