Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. yesterday called on the management of sugar mills and other firms in Negros Occidental not to give in to the Communist rebels’ demands for revolutionary taxes.
At the same time he called on the Army and police to step up their visibility to prevent rebel attacks on firms that refuse to heed their demands.
New People’s Army rebels raided and bombed a transloading station of the Lopez Sugar Corp. in Sitio Santa Ana, Brgy. Mabini, Escalante City, Negros Occidental, last week for the alleged failure of the company to pay them revolutionary tax, the governor noted.
Damaged by the explosion were a core sampler laboratory, a crane, platform weighing scale, gas pumping station and a Fuzo hauler truck.
Marañon congratulated Lopez Sugar Corp. and those operating the transloading station for not giving in to the rebel demands.
Col. Jon Aying, 303rd Infantry Brigade commander, earlier said the three possible motives for the bombing could be for extortion purposes, a diversionary tactic of the NPA to lessen the pressure on them by the military, and to ambush police and military personnel, who may respond to their atrocities.*CPG
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