For non-payment of Rev. Taxes: CPP-NPA torches P30M worth of heavy equiptment

For non-payment of Rev. Taxes: CPP-NPA torches P30M worth of heavy equiptment

The New People’s Army (NPA) has strucked again.

This time they burned down some PHP3 million worth of heavy equipment at the Longa Hermosa Hacienda in Barangay Sta. Monica, Manjuyod town in Negros Oriental.

Numbering around 50 armed men and two women, they set fire to five tractors and a Trio weapon carrier.

(photo credit to owner)

Martin Longa, 54, married, barangay captain of Sta. Monica, recalls that he previously received phone calls from unknown personalities who made threats against his life for ignoring the need to pay the Communist Party of the Philippines – New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) revolutionary taxes.

A witness, Rey Acibo Baldado, 45, a resident of the barangay, claims that while he was on duty inside the compound of the hacienda, the NPA’s suddenly entered and pointed a long firearm at him.

They introduced themselves in the Cebuano dialect as NPA members and asked for the barangay captain, the police report said.

The armed men  proceeded to Longa’s house, pointed a gun at him, and in the dialect (Cebuano) also asked him for his firearm and “ngano wala mo nihatag ug kwarta” (why did you not give us money)?.

Longa claims that for the past 9 years, he has received two extortion letters, one of which demanded PHP500,000.

Longa told the Philippine National Police that the NPA took his two mobile phones, and two hand-held radios , and a Wi-Fi modem.

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Report from PNA

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