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Suspected NPA rebs set coconut truck on fire in Agusan del Norte; extortion eyed


By Ben Serrano

Suspected NPA rebels burned this primemover while transporting raw coconuts in Jabonga, Agusan del Norte. Contributed photo from the Philippine Army

Suspected New People’s Army (NPA) rebels set on fire a truck loaded with tons of coconuts in Jabonga, Agusan del Norte on Saturday.

LT. Col. Glenn Joy Aynera, commander of the Army’s 29th Infantry Batallion , said an undetermined number of rebels flagged down the primemover along the national highway and ordered the driver and his companion to abandon the vehicle.

The rebels then poured gasoline onto the vehicle and set it on fire, Aynera said.

The primemover is owned by the Axilom Resources Corp. and was hired by Fiesta Brands Inc. to transport raw coconuts from Claver in Surigao del Norte province to Medina, Misamis Oriental.

The NPA has not issued a statement if indeed it was behind the attack.

Hot pursuit operations by joint police and army forces ensued against fleeing NPA rebels who just walked away freely from the burning site with the stranded passengers of the stranded vehicles nearby helplessly watching rebels waving revolutionary victory symbols.

Military and police intelligence source said the incident might be due to the continuous refusal of the firm to give extortion money. With reports from CLC

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