Rebels stormed Dole plantation in Surigao del Sur

NEW People’s Army (NPA) rebels attacked a banana plantation owned by a multi-national firm and mowed-down some 15, 000 banana trees ready for harvesting Friday night in a remote village in Tago, Surigao del Sur, police reported on Sunday.

Reports sent to Camp Crame by the Caraga police said attacked by NPA rebels was a banana plantation owned by Dole Stanfilco in Brgy. Anahao Daan, Tago, Surigao del Sur.

The reports that unknown number of heavily armed rebels swooped down at the said plantation at around 9pm Friday and started cutting down banana trees ready for harvesting.

As the rebels withdrew towards Sitio Batawan 1, they fired at four units of backhoe and a mini bulldozer when they passed Sitio Ibo of the said village, reports said.

The reports added that those heavy equipment, owned by Edilberto Garay of Maa, Davao City, were reportedly parked along the road.

Tago Police Station has intensified its intelligence monitoring to track down the movement of the rebels while nearby police stations were conducting checkpoints, reports said.

PNP and AFP are directing its collaborative effort to run after the rebels who are believed to be under Guerilla Front 19B led by alias Susay.

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