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Transmission pole torched, construction firm raided in Southern Philippines

DAVAO CITY – Electricity was cut off in several areas in Sultan Kudarat and Maguindanao provinces in southern Philippines after a transmission pole was torched by a still unidentified assailant, reports said on Saturday.

The privately-owned National Grid Corporation of the Philippines which operates the transmission line said the burning of the pole late Friday affected the power distribution in the provinces.

“Initial findings indicate sabotage,” NGCP said, adding, electricity was fully restored on Saturday. “NGCP is doing all it can to ensure continued, uninterrupted power transmission services all over the country, however, power interruptions caused by force majeure events like sabotage and tower bombings, are beyond our control,” it said.

The burning of the transmission pole occurred the same day that suspected communist rebels also torched construction equipment in South Cotabato’s T’boli town.

Members of the New People’s Army swooped down on the compound of AJ Construction Company and disarmed the guards before setting on fire a dump truck, a backhoe, and grader truck, including a road roller. The raid was triggered by a failed extortion, police said. (Mindanao Examiner)

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