Suspected groups of New People’s Army (NPA) burned a heavy construction equipment last Sunday morning, July 30. The Medalla Construction, in Siaton-Negros Oriental, is owned by Medalla Yocor Sia. The widow owner of the construction form is 53 years old and currently resides in Banilad, Dumaguete City.
Heavy Construction Equipment Down
The Police Head Chief Inspector Varie Villanobos of Siaton said that their investigation has gathered a couple of evidences at the scene. Evidences includes: three pieces of live ammunition of carbine, 45 pieces of fired cartridge, nine pieces of fired cartridge and two live ammunitions of caliber 9mm Luger, one deformed slug from undetermined caliber, and a gallon of gasoline.
Witnesses of the scene mentioned that they identified men in firing their guns at the construction equipment and shouted: “Mabuhay ang NPA!”
No casualties nor injuries were recorded according to the investigation.
The investigators of the rebel scene said that the incident could be seen in different angles and perspectives. Investigators have suspected residents near the construction site who may have been “disturbed” by it. Another speculation is that the armed men at the scene were just using the name of the NPA, but were not ruled of such group.
It was a matter of timing when the occurrence of the Police Killed in Guihulngan Ambush by the suspected NPA rebels, to use the group’s name.
The last angle of which the investigators have shared is that a family sought revenge. A 15-year old was killed in the quarry site after the equipment fell on the victim about two weeks ago. Second Negros Island Geographical Battalion Commander Major Udgie Villan said that it could have been the victim’s family seeking revenge.
Although the equipment got burnt, it was not totally destroyed unlike the previous attacks by the rebels. When President Duterte Visits Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental Governor Roel Degamo and the president discussed the matters in securing the regional safety to prevent different rebellious acts (like the Guihulngan Ambush).