NPA militants set fire to a P1.7 million hauling truck in a rural area of Cortes, Surigao del Sur, on Wednesday.
Surigao del Sur Police Provincial Office Director Col. James Goforth told the Philippine News Agency (PNA) on Thursday that the truck was destroyed at approximately 5:50 PM in Palo 8, Barangay Matho, due to failed extortion.
“The owner of the truck is a buyer of falcata trees. He refused to give in to the extortion demands of the rebels,” he said.
Emmanuel Suarez, a businessman from Purok 6, Barangay Mabahin, owns the truck.
According to the local police inquiry, the truck was on its way to Palo 8 when it was stopped by an unknown number of NPA insurgents.
The insurgents told the driver and helpers that Suarez did not deliver the money that they sought.
The rebels then set fire to the vehicle, telling the driver that it was a warning to the owner who had refused to comply with their demands.
The militants also poured salt and sugar into the oil tank.
The United States, European Union, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand have all designated the Communist Party of the Philippines-NPA as a terrorist group.