Suspected New People’s Army (NPA) members attacked the compound of Sumitomo Corp.’s fruit venture in Laak, Compostela Valley, early Thursday, disarming guards and burning equipment anf facilities.

Superintendent Jose Carumba, Southern Mindanao regional police spokesman, said “fully-armed” men attacked Sumifru Corp.’s main compound at Brgy. Kapatagan, around 4:20 a.m.

The rebels, numbering around 30, disarmed the guards of three shotguns and four caliber-.38 revolvers then burned two water tankers and the company’s radio room, Carumba said in a phone interview.

They also burned the generator set of Sumifru’s packaging plant in Brgy. Sebole before commandeering a truck in Brgy. Dalimdim and used it as getaway vehicle, he added.

“May ongoing pursuit kami along with the Philippine Army and then na-identify na ‘yung truck, it’s green elf truck carrying the plate number GGE-882, finlash-alarm na sa ibang units, para kung sino makakita ay malaman na may suspects doon at habulin,” Carumba said.

Sumifru is engaged in the sourcing, production, shipment, distribution, and marketing of fresh fruits, specially cavendish bananas.

The attack came just weeks after rebels raided three mining firms in Claver, Surigao del Norte, including Taganito Mining Corp.

Sumitomo also has a stake in Taganito thru its mining venture Sumitomo Metal Mining Co. (John Roson)

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