Extortion eyed in YBL bus burning

NORTH COTABATO- Police authorities tagged a local terror group as responsible for the burning of a passenger bus in M’lang town last Thursday, June 3 which resulted in the death of three people and six others injured.

PLt.Col. Bernard Tayong, spokesperson of the Cotabato provincial police office, said a local terror group had earlier extorted money from the management of Yellow Bus Line which in refused to give in to  the demand of the group.

“The refusal of the bus management to give in to the demand of the suspects could have triggered the burning incident,” Tayong said.

A passenger bus owned by the YBL was set on fire by two unidentified suspects along the national highway in Barangay Bialong, M’lang wherein three passengers were trapped inside the blazing bus while six others, who sustained injuries, managed to escape. 

Police said one of the accomplices of the suspects rode the bus from Kidapawan City enroute to Tacurong City and disembarked upon reaching Barangay Bialong, Mlang where the two other suspects got inside the bus and doused the vehicle with gasoline before setting it on fire.  

Last January, a YBL passenger bus was the target of a bomb attack in Tulunan, North Cotabato which killed one and wounded three others.

Authorities blamed the al Khobar local terror group as responsible for the attack.

Cotabato Gov. Nancy Catamco and M’lang Mayor Russel Abonada condemned the recent attack as each of them offered a P100,000 reward for the identification and subsequent arrest of the perpetrators.


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