3 workers killed, 8 others wounded in Impasug-ong chromite mine site attack

DAVAO CITY – Three workers were killed and eight others were wounded when a group of armed men attacked a chromite mining firm’s compound in Impasug-ong town, Bukidnon, Supt. Canilo Fuentes told Bukidnon News Saturday.

Fuentes cited unidentified number of armed men attacked the compound of Nano Mines Trading, a holder of a small scale chromite mining permit in the town at around 1a.m. The incident happened in Purok 5, Brgy. Kapitan Bayong village.

Gov. Alex Calingasan lamented the poor intelligence of the police and the military in a reaction sent via text message.

“They should wake up and they should not be complacent,” he added.

The attack left worker Raymond Castro, who was killed on the spot and two others Jose Castro and Victor Aparilla who were found dead when they arrived at the Kisolon Emergency Hospital in nearby Sumilao town.

Fuentes said there were four who died but he did not identify the victim.

The wounded workers, brought to the hospital, were identified as Rodelio Cabaring, Marvine Pinera, Alfie Sobison, Rey Soriano, Glenn Hernaez, Allan Barandanes, Brindo Buagan, and Jeramel Magno.

A staff at the Bukidnon Provincial Medical Center confirmed via telephone that the wounded were later admitted there.

Fuentes alleged that the New People’s Army perpetrated the attack as a form of harassment. There were reports the mining firm allegedly did not pay revolutionary taxes.

The report of the municipal police station, as quoted by Fuentes cited that the caliber .45 pistol and an airgun of the firm’s manager identified as Paul Magto were also carted away along with two cellular phones from the workers.

Radio station DXDB reported that also taken from the compound was a chainsaw and cash.

Fuentes said police pursuit operations and investigation are ongoing. The Bukidnon Environment and Natural Resources Office revealed that Bukidnon has four holders of two-year small scale mining operation permit to extract chromites, the major metallic mineral resource of the province. The source named four clans of indigenous peoples (IPs) who hold the permits. Each of the clan occupy about 20 hectares of area in Impasug-ong town, in Bukidnon’s boundary with Agusan del Sur.(Walter I. Balane)

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