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NPA rebels torch construction firm equipment in Kalinga
In this photo taken Nov. 23, 2016, members of the New People's Army communist rebels with face painted to conceal their identities, stand in formation during ceremonies before a news conference held at their guerrilla encampment tucked in the harsh wilderness. AP/File photo
BAGUIO CITY, Philippines - Communist guerillas reportedly torched down a backhoe of a construction firm in remote Pinukpuk town in Kalinga early dawn Friday.
Kalinga police said residents saw armed men believed to be New People's Army (NPA) rebels roaming around Sitio Bacwet, Pinukpuk between midnight until around 2 a.m. Friday.
A burst of gunfire was reportedly heard before razing down the backhoe parked near a house in the village.
Policemen who responded to the gunfire allegedly seized at least 10 spent shells of M16 rifle where the gunfire was heard.
Kalinga police director Senior Superintendent Brent Madjaco believed the burning was perpetrated by NPA rebels taking cues from the group's threatening business establishments in the area before the incident.
Earlier in February, communist guerillas torched two dump trucks of the Philex Mining Corporation in Ampucao, Itogon, Benguet.