Police condemns attacks in Benguet town

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, June  9 (PIA) --  The Police Regional Office – Cordillera condemned  the  lawless and treacherous actions perpetrated by the alleged members of the rebel forces at the Lepanto Mine  site in Mankayan, Benguet  Wednesday night.

 

Based on police report, members of alleged New People’s Army attacked at around 10:50 evening on June 7 the dam area of Lepanto Consolidated Mining Corporation. Among the structures attacked were the chemical and mineral laboratory owned by Xian Jinrui Lianliungang, located at Cabatuan, Colalo, Mankayan, and Dam 5 Gate where a fire fight ensued between the perpetrators and personnel from the 54th Infantry Batallion of the 5th ID, Philippine Army.

PFC Arthur Bag-ay sustained minor injury while Jerson Guisguiswoang Awini, a heavy equipment operator was accidentally hit by a stray bullet.  

In a clearing operation led by Mankayan Police Station PCI Ronnie Albino and the Benguet Provincial Public Safety Company PSupt. Edward Aquintey, damaged were a   newly built municipal structure, one backhoe owned by Brgy. Chairman Ambino Padawi and a floating machine for processing copper owned by businessman Jian Lianlungang .  All were destroyed with the use of unidentified explosives.

A lime mixing plant and one bulldozer owned by Flores Construction were also destroyed by explosives. Two unexploded bombs were left in the bulldozer and backhoe.

 The NPA’s Chadli Molintas Command claimed they were responsible for the destruction of heavy equipment and structures at Lepanto Mining Corporation saying this is their retribution to the big mining companies and government for protecting these companies.

PRO-Cor said the attack is a desperate move of the terrorist organization to get rid of the AFP troops that have been very effective in countering the NPA/CPP/NDF activities in the said mining area. “Once again, they have proven their modus which is to sow terror if only to pursue their lawless purpose, contrary to their claim of protecting the people.”

 The case is under investigation to determine the identities of the assailants for their possible arrest and neutralization.

Meanwhile, the PROCOR assures the public that security measures are implemented to ensure the safety of all potential targets including government vital installations, power lines, private companies and threatened municipal police stations to ensure that they are adequately manned by security personnel.

 Officials  appeal  to the public to be extra vigilant at all times  and to foster and uphold the spirit of volunteerism by providing timely information and support  to the various law enforcement agencies to win the war against terrorism and lawlessness.

“Let us be alert, vigilant and strongly condemn the activities of this lawless armed group, at the same time join hands with the authorities by reporting relevant and timely information to the nearest police station or thru our hotline number 09998851849, or thru our social media account This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Mayor Materno Luspian also called on the rebel forces to stop the atrocities being done in Mankayan and other places where properties and lives are being at risk. He appealed to the NPA leaders to lay down their weapons and talk to the government forces to ensure peace and order in the community. (RMC/PIA CAR with PRO-Cor)

 

Benguet Destinations

Strawberry Farm

La Trinidad is know to be the “Strawberry Capital of the Philippines” because of the strawberry fields. Visitors can experience strawberry picking and also taste different products made from strawberry like the strawberry ice cream and strawberry “taho”.

Asin Hot Springs

Located at the outskirts of the city of Baguio, this attraction gives it’s visitors the chance to indulge in serious relaxation. Asin Hot Springs has been knwon to do wonders for the mind, body and soul because of the spring’s natural minerals like sulfates, calcium and chloride.

BenCab Museum

The BenCab museum, located at KM 6. Asin Road, houses the permanent collection of Philippine National Artist Benedicto Cabrera (BenCab) in several galleries, as well as venues for art shows and exhibitions. The Philippine Contemporary Art Galleries highlight the artist’s collection of paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture. The smaller exhibition rooms contain other collections accumulated by BenCab through the years.

Bell Church

The home to beautiful landscaped gardens and intricately designed arches and buildings adorned with flags, bells and dragons. Bell church holds some artifacts about Buddhism and literatures about the history of China.

Mt. Pulag

Mt. Pulag is the highest peak in Luzon and the third highest in the Philippines which is 2,922 meters above sea level. The view from the top of Mt. Pulag never fails to amaze its climbers.

Kabayan Mummies

Also know as the Fire Mummies of the Philippines, the Kabayan Mummies are from the Ibaloi tribe of Benguet. This have been included in the 100 Most Endangered Sites in the World by a non-profit organization that focuses on the preservation of important historical monuments and sites.

Ambuclao Dam

The Ambuclao dam is popularly known as the biggest rock filled dam in the Far East and is considered as one of the major projects in Luzon that feeds electricity to the grid lines of Luzon.

Rose Gardens

Rose lovers will surely be pleased with Rose Gardens. A famous tourist attraction located in La Trinidad. Here, you will find a large variety of roses, chrysanthemums and other ornamental plants.

Mt. Ugo

This is considered to be one of the major destinations in the Cordilleras. It is the highest mountain located in Tinongdan, Itogon via the Benguet-Vizcayay boundary that boasts of stunning views of neighboring mountains and the great Luzon valley.

Kalugong View Point

A trek to Mount Kalugong is something that adventure seekers and nature lovers woudn't miss. The Kalugong View Point will give you a breathtaking experience and a panoramic view of the La Trinidad Valley and ther villages.