Lapanday attacks ‘to displace hundreds of workers, business partners’-Lapanday

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DAVAO CITY, Philippines —The Saturday attack by the New People’s Army on the facilities of Lapanday Fruits Corporation (LFC) will displace hundreds of employees and business traders

On Saturday dawn communist rebels simultaneously attacked and burned two box plants of LFC in Barangay Mandug, burned Macondray plastic plant in barangay Tagpore, Panabo City and raided the ranch in barangay Pangyan, Davao City, all owned by the Lorenzo family claiming numerous violations against peasant, workers and the lumads.

The NPA owned the attack saying LFC committed numerous abuses against the peasants, farmers and the lumads.

In a press statement, LFC claimed the workers and business partners will be displaced and will carry the burden of economic woes brought about by the attacks.

“It is they (workers and small business partners) who are now jobless and shall bear the brunt of the consequences of this vicious act,” the LFC press statement said.

Though the company did not reveal how many families and partners are affected, it says many will be displaced.

The company felt fortunate though none of their employees were hurt during the attacks but the inventory showed some personal belongings of the workers were looted.

LFC said it will cooperate with the Philippine National Police (PNP) for the investigation of the incident and to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to prevent another attack by the group.

DEAD REBELS

This developed as the Army’s 10th Infantry (Agila) Division reported the recovery of two dead NPA rebels, an M-16 rifle, and assorted personal belongings.

Captain Rhyan Batchar, chief information officer of 10th ID, said the pursuit operations were immediately launched which resulted to a 30-minute gunfight. A Simba vehicle of Task Force Davao was hit by an improvised explosive device but nobody from the troops was injured.

INNOCENT VICTIM: a fish vendor was killed when an improvised explosive device intended for the military hit the vendor during the pursuit operations by the authorities. Photo: !0th ID Aguila Division

Batchar said “the 10th Infantry Division and Joint Task Haribon strongly condemns the CPP-NPA for staging series of attacks against business firms in Barangays Pangyan and Mandug of Davao City, and Brgy Tagpore, Panabo City today, April 29. These business firms are civilian objects which should be spared from attacks. These are also protected under the CARHRIHL, which the CPP-NPA signed with the government.

The NPA has again showed its anti-people and anti-development character by treacherously attacking the Lorenzo farm, Batchar emphasized.

But an ambulant One fish vendor was wounded after an improvised explosive device intended for the soldiers exploded.-Editha Z. Caduaya/Newsline.ph

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