BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN
Suspected New People’s Army set fire to heavy equipment on March 2 in Sitio Nandong, Brgy. Orong, Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental, for the refusal of its owner to pay revolutionary taxes, police said.
The backhoe was reported by the police to have been owned by a businessman they identified only as a certain Emmanuel of Sitio Masinadyahon, Brgy. Binicuil, Kabankalan City.
Police investigations show that a watchman of the quarry area in the place owned by Melvin Ybanez saw a group of persons wearing black sweat shirts, black pants, shoes and slippers, who were armed with high-powered firearms, while he was checking the heavy equipment in the place.
One of the armed men, according to the police, approached the watchman and told him that they were interested in the heavy equipment of Emmanuel and Chua, who are not complying with their demands of revolutionary taxes.
Two suspects poured gasoline in the driver’s booth of the heavy equipment and set it on fire prior to their withdrawal from the crime scene, towards Sitio Tumumbo in Brgy. Orong, Kabankalan City, police further said.*