P3M ruined in NPA raid
By: Dolly Yasa
BACOLOD City – Negros Occidental governor Alfredo Marañon yesterday ordered the beefing up of security at the different mining firms in southern Negros after suspected New People’s Army rebels raided the Philex Mining Corporation and inflicted damage to properties estimated at P3 million.
Marañon said he talked to Col. Francisco Patrimonio, commanding officer of the 303rd Brigade of the Army, and discussed the security concerns of the mining firms
Earlier, S/Supt. Allan Guisihan, police provincial director, claimed that there was security lapse on the part of the company which the NPA rebels took advantage of.
Marañon said the raid on Philex mines will adversely affect the tourism industry in the area and the province’s economy in general.
The military reported that about 30 NPA rebels led by a certain Ka Kumpol attacked the Philex Mining facilities in Brgy. Nabulao, Sipalay City and disarmed its lone security guard of his shotgun and short arm before burning the firm’s bunkhouse used by mine workers, a personnel carrier and pick-up vehicle, two workers’ barracks, and a container van containing spare parts for drilling equipment.
Two years ago the same mining firm was also attacked by the NPA rebels.
The NPA rebels also recently burned farm tractors in EB Magalona town.