Benguet police probes in Lepanto bombing incident

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet — The Benguet Provincial Police Office is still probing on who could have masterminded the bombing of a power line in Mankayan town last week which paralyzed the operation of the Lepanto Consolidated Mining Corporation (LCMC).

Benguet PPO OIC Senior Superintendent David Peredo said that they are still looking in the involvement of interest groups that include disgruntled company employees, and members of the New People’s Army.

Reports indicated that heavily armed men swooped down from the mountains and allegedly bombed the power transmission lines of LCMC inflicting heavy damages to the company.
The incident caused the collapse of the tower resulting in power interruption and disruption of company’s operations.

LCMC told the police that two days before the bombing, unidentified men were seen around the area. The mining company also disclosed that it received an extortion letter at the start of the year which has prompted the police to look into an extortion motive behind the bombing.

The LCMC tower is being guarded by Warrior Security group, however, it was learned that there were no guards in the area during the bombing./JDP/RMC- PIA CAR


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