TAGUM CITY, Davao del Norte – Over P109 million worth of vehicles and equipment were lost after communist rebels stormed a nickel mining firm in Mati City, Davao Oriental on Saturday, authorities on Sunday said.
A total of 27 vehicles and other equipment were destroyed after 15 New People’s Army guerrillas swooped down on the compound of Mil-Oro Mining Corporation and its general contractor Frasec Ventures Corporation at Salingkomot, Sitio (Sub-village) Magum, Barangay (village) Macambol, reports from the military’s 701st Infantry Brigade said.
The raid which lasted for over two hours began as heavily armed insurgents barged into the compound around 4:30 a.m. and overpowered the guards, Chief Insp. Leonilo Lad, Mati City deputy police chief, said, citing initial investigation.
The rebels also carted away five shotguns and two Carbine rifles from Mil-Oro guards and scores of rounds of ammunition