ROXAS CITY — The police said on Sunday the refusal of Globe Telecom to pay revolutionary tax to communist rebels could have motivated the bombing of of Globe’s relay station and tower in Barangay (Village) Santo Rosario, Jamindan, Capiz on Friday evening.
Chief Insp. Federico Lopez, police chief of Jamindan, said the police received an intelligence reports that a few weeks before the bombing, the rebels demanded P80,000 from Globe Telecom but the company refused to pay.
Santo Rosario village chair and caretaker of the Globe facilities in the village, Reynaldo Silverio, said he knew that the telecommunications company refused to pay the “revolutionary tax” demanded by suspected rebels operating in the area.
About 15 heavily armed men, suspected to be New People’s Army (NPA) rebels, arrived at the village around 9 p.m. Friday and bombed the Globe cell site, located on a hilly section of the village and just about 19 kilometers from the headquarters of the Philippine Army’s 3rd Infantry Division in the village of Jeana Norte, Jamindan.
Silverio told the police that prior to the attack, three unidentified armed men in fatigue uniforms went to his house and advised him to evacuate the four families living close to the cell site as they were going to bomb it.
Silverio is paid as watchman and caretaker of the Globe cell site for about three years as there were no security guards assigned there.
The rebels ,believed to be led by a certain Ka Bobong and under the Central Front Committee of the Communist Party of the Philippines on Panay Island, fled to the mountainous area in Jamindan after the attack.
Troops under the Army’s 47th Infantry Battalion have been deployed and were conducting pursuit operations against the rebels.
Two years ago, the cell site of Globe Telecom in the village of Ongol, Dumarao, Capiz was also torched. The NPA later owned the attack due to the failure of the company to pay revolutionary taxes.
By Felipe V. Celino
First Posted 21:55:00 08/31/2008