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Thursday, August 25, 2011
NOLCOM chief condemns rebels’ arson in Isabela
SAN MARIANO, Isabela, August 26, 2011-Northern Luzon Command Chief Major General Jessie Dellosa lambasted the recent criminal acts perpetrated by more or less thiry (30) members of the New People’s Army (NPA) led by a certain Joey Ramos alias Ka Jerome and Michael Erania alyas Ka Buktong who burned a P1.2 million tractor owned by ECO-Fuel Land Development, Inc., early morning last Wednesday in a place called “Sagpat” here.
The rebels seized the tractor from driver Rogelio “Elyo” Bulan, resident of Barangay Gangalan here while on its way to Sitio Amisan.
NOLCOM Spokesperson Captain Jovily Carmel Cabading said that the NPA’s intention is to ‘ride’ on the issue being raised by farmer group who is opposing the bio-ethanol plant project, adding that this is what the rebels usually does when their targets do not also yield to their extortion demands. “This is actually an economic sabotage,” she said.
Delosa said that this kind of societal issue is definitely being addressed by the local government units and line agencies at present. Dialogues and consultations are being conducted by the latter with the concerned citizens in the area. Whatever the misconceptions about the project, he said, should be threshed out.
“This is precisely what “Internal Peace and Security Program Bayanihan” is for. The enemies of state should not be given the opportunity to gain propaganda mileage at the people’s expense,” Dellosa ended.
Earlier, the Isabela Philippine National Police (PNP) also denounced the rebels as a communist terrorist atrocity after they burned the tractor of the multi-billion pesos bio-ethanol project. (Jason de Asis)
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