100 suspected NPA rebels raid Dole banana plantation in Surigao del Sur anew

by Ben Serrano

     May 6, 2011


            BUTUAN CITY (PNA) - An estimated one hundred fully armed suspected New People’s Army rebels raided DOLE Philippines banana plantation in Sitio Flowing, Barangay Anahaw Daan, Tago, Surigao del Sur cutting undetermined number of growing banana plants in the area Wednesday evening.


            Tago town is about 180 kilometers away from Caraga region’s capital, Butuan City where the regional office of the Philippine National Police is located.


            Official report  from Tago Municipal Police Office to Caraga Police regional information office here claimed that on May 5 morning Tago Chief of Police PINSP Juanito P. Cabadongga received report through text messages from DOLE Philippines security personnel that an estimated 100 NPA rebels reportedly armed with high powered firearms swooped down the eleven hectares banana plantation and cut grown banana plants in said area evening of May 4.


            Upon receipt of the report, Cabadongga instructed the police station’s intelligence operatives to proceed to the place of incident for validation of the report and conduct investigation and identification of the suspects


            The group in their official report based on their investigation confirmed the incident did happened


            Report claimed the communist rebels with the used of machetes cut all standing grown-ups banana plants in the area. Tago Police claimed it is still assessing the extent of the damages and how much.

              The raids cost Dole Philippines millions of pesos worth of banana plants cut, Dole Philippines whose office is based in Tagum City in Davao said. 


            Tago Police said they are still conducting intelligence monitoring and investigation of said incident.


            This is the third time this year alone that Dole Philippines banana plantations located in different villages in Tago, Surigao del Sur in Caraga region have been raided by NPA rebels who cut undetermined number of grown up banana plants.


            Dole Philippines who is a subsidiary of World famous fruit planter and processor Dole U.S.A entered into a lease agreement with some landowners in Tago, Surigao del Sur to develop lands into banana plantations. However some landowners have opted to enter into supply agreement program where Dole Philippines help planters both technical and fertilizer support.  (PNA/Ben Serrano)

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