ILOILO – Armed men believed to be members of the New People’s Army (NPA) set on fire the heavy equipment of a construction company on Wednesday night in Barangay Igcocolo, Guimbal town.
The torching at the motorpool of Wilkinson Construction was carried out at around 10:45 p.m., according to Police Lieutenant Nelson Caro, Guimbal police chief.
The men, who introduced themselves as rebels, ordered the people at the motorpool to step aside and not resist, said Caro.
“Ang kompanya lang amon,” the men told the motor pool people, added Caro.
Burned down were two mixers and a backhoe. They cost an estimated P16 million.
“The men left the construction company’s employees unharmed. Perhaps the firm did not pay revolutionary taxes,” said Caro.
Wilkinson Construction had been receiving extortion letters from the New People’s Army since 2017, the police chief revealed.
“The NPA is the only group with the capacity to do such acts (extortion and arson),” said Caro.
The Police Regional Office 6 (PRO-6) condemned the arson in Guimbal.
The real victim, said PRO-6 spokesperson Joem Malong, is not Wilkinson Construction but the public.
“There would be delays in ongoing infrastructure projects,” she said./PN