Communist rebels torch heavy equipment, communications tower
Communist rebels torched heavy equipment and a communications tower in a series of raids on a mining company, a police station and a telecommunications centre in the southern Philippines, police said Monday.
No one was hurt in the attacks in Tubay town in Agusan del Norte province, 810 kilometres south of Manila, on Sunday evening, according to Senior Superintendent Nestor Fajurra, a regional police spokesman.
Fajurra said the communist rebels, numbering around 60, were disguised as police officers when they swooped down on the compound of SR Metals Mining Corp, the largest nickel ore mine firm in Tubay, before midnight, reported dpa.
"After overpowering the security guards, the rebels poured gasoline on three backhoes and set them on fire," he said.
The rebels also took seven M-16 rifles from the security guards, Fajurra said.
Before retreating, the guerrillas raided the nearby police station, where two police officers put up a fight but were eventually overpowered. The rebels seized a pistol and communications equipment from the police station.
Fajurra said the guerrillas then torched a mobile phone tower of Globe Telecommunications Inc. in a nearby village before leaving the town.
Communist rebels often attack businesses that fail to pay "revolutionary taxes" to them monthly. The guerrillas have been fighting the Philippine government since the late 1960s, making the movement one of the longest-running leftist insurgencies in Asia.