by Tara Yap
Iloilo City — The Army is investigating if the New People’s Army (NPA) is behind the burning of heavy equipment at a quarry site in Siaton, Negros Oriental, last Sunday.
“We are still verifying if it was perpetrated by the NPA,” said Capt. Eduardo A. Precioso Jr., spokesman of the army’s 3rd Infantry Division.
Police said a backhoe and a payloader were doused with gasoline and set on fire by armed men on motorcycles. The armed men also fired several shots.
“That was based on the police report. But we don’t have confirmation from the army’s side,” Precioso told The Manila Bulletin in a phone interview Monday.
He said the armed men shouted “Mabuhay ang NPA! (Long live the NPA)” before leaving the quarry site.
“That statement is usually associated with the NPA. But we can’t be sure for now,” he said.
The incident came more than a week after six policemen, including a police chief, were killed in an ambush in Guihulngan City.