BUTUAN, Philippines: Communist insurgents raided two banana plantations in one day in the southern Philippines in some of their most brazen attacks for months in the face of recent setbacks, authorities said yesterday. The attacks by the New People’s Army (NPA) in the strife-torn island of Mindanao on Saturday caused extensive damage but no one was killed, officials added.
About 50 guerrillas raided an aircraft hangar at a plantation owned by Del Monte Philippines in the town of Tubay on Saturday evening. “The rebels disarmed the security guards and seized their two shotguns, tied their arms... then proceeded to the hangar and poured gasoline onto the (crop-duster) plane. It took only less than thirty minutes to burn the area,” said investigating police officer Jomar Ascares.
About 60 NPA fighters raided another banana plantation in Pantukan town, disarming 10 security guards, burning a building and equipment and cutting down about 300 banana plants, said the area’s police director Senior Superintendent Abraham Roxas.