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Mg Mining Company - Terrorism Raps Ordered Filed Against Joma Et Al

Published by MAC on 2007-03-25
Source: Provincial - Balita ()

MG Mining Company - Terrorism raps ordered filed against Joma et al

25th March 2007

Provincial - Balita, http://news.balita.ph/html/article.php/20070325121437207

Terrorism charges were ordered filed immediately against self-exiled Communist Party of the Philippines leader Jose Ma. Sison and about 60 other guerillas involved in a series of raids in Surigao del Sur, it was learned Sunday. the order to indict Joma and his confederates was issued recently by Chief Supt. Antonio D. Nanas, regional director of Northeastern Mindanao Police Regional Office 13 (PRO 13).

He said that similar criminal charges for robbery, destruction of private property, economic sabotage and violation of the election gun ban also be leveled against the raiders who ransacked the compound of a mining firm in Mendezona, Rajah Cabunsuan, Lingig, Surigao del Sur.

In his order, Chief Supt. Nanas also directed Surigao del Sur Provincial Police Office (SPPO) Director Senior Supt. Alex Ga to immediately file the charges against all the suspects involved in an attack on MG Mining Company in last Tuesday.

The charges stemmed from an NPA raid where several high powered firearms, communications and office equipment were seized by the heavily armed marauders who also crashed the company's base radio.

The region's police director described the attack as an "act of terrorism on the part of Sison and his dissident group."

"We will file charges against them including Mr. Sison who must be held responsible for this terroristic act," Chief Supt. Nanas said.

He alleged that the Lingig raid is purely an act of terrorism "because the NPA is sabotaging the economic gains of the country by disregarding the very needs of the poor people who are dependent on the mining business".

Meanwhile, Maj. Gen. Jose T. Barbieto, area command chief of the Army's Northeastern and Northern Mindanao Fourth Infantry (Diamond) Division, also categorically stated: "This Godless communist organization is a menace in a democratic and progressive country".

He stressed that communist ideology "must be eliminated at all cost". (PNA)

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