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Gunmen burn equipment

Unidentified gunmen burned down last Friday a heavy equipment owned by a private contractor undertaking government’s road and bridge projects in Maitum, Sarangani.

Fernando Santander, district engineer of Department of Public Works and Highways for Sarangani, said the suspects set on fire a brand new bulldozer owned by Jargon Construction which is undertaking the P60 million road and bridge projects in a remote village of barangay Luyong in Maitum, Sarangani around 5:30 p.m.

The flagship projects will connect Maitum and barangay Ned of Lake Sebu in South Cotabato, where mining activities are reportedly undergoing.

Santander said luckily DPWH project engineers who conducted an inspection of the projects that day had already left the area when the suspects arrived at the project site.

The area is said to be a stronghold of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.

“Our office may suspend the implementation of the projects should there be an imminent threat on the lives of the people involved in the construction works,” Santander.

He said he is still awaiting the report and recommendation of local military commanders assigned in the area.

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