Suspected members of the New People’s Army (NPA) burned down at least 11 heavy construction equipment after exchanging shots with authorities Thursday night, September 28
Chief Arthur Gomez, information officer of the Albay Police, said a 30-minute gunfight ensued between the rebels and the police at a construction site inside the Bicol International Airport, Inquirer reported.
Gomez added that about 20 rebels fired at members of the Bascaran detachment of the PNP and the Alobo Patrol Base of the Philippine Army as a diversionary tactic to prevent them from responding to the scene at the airport grounds.
After the half-hour firefight, the police were able to respond to the area and discovered torched heavy equipment belonging to EM Cuerpo Builders Inc.
The suspects burned five heavy trucks, a mini dump truck, one unit double cab, a unit grader, a unit mizer, a crane, and an owner-type jeep.
Earlier this month, President Rodrigo Duterte urged members of the NPA to lay down their arms and surrender to the government, granting them a general amnesty.
Photo credit: Contributed photo Albay PNP via Inquirer
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