NSFA, Panacan, Davao City – The extortion unit of the CPP/NPA bandits in Southern Mindanao attacked the DOLE Banana plantation by detonating two (2) improvised explosive device (IEDs) which caused loud explosions at the bridge near the entrance of Hangar Airstrip in Poblacion, Maragusan, Compostela Valley Province at 11:00 p.m., July 04, 2015.
The company’s security officer reported that the explosion occurred at the bridge leading to the entrance of the hangar airstrip causing minor damage to an aircraft. Civilians revealed that extortion demands by the CPP/NPA/NDF are the motive of the incident. Workers of the plantation condemned the attack. Fortunately, no one was injured in the blast.
Meanwhile, Eastern Mindanao Command Commander Lt. Gen. Aurelio B. Baladad has directed concerned military unit commanders in the area to intensify close coordination with LGU officials, local PNP stations and company security officers. The soldiers from the 25th Infantry Battalion immediately launched pursuit operations against the perpetrators.
“We will help the PNP in their law enforcement operations, and we are confident to get the perpetrators soonest”, Lt. Gen. Baladad said.
Under the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect of Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIL), civilians and civilian properties should not be object of attack.
Press Release by the EASTMINCOM