Red fighters of Comval-Davao Gulf Subregional Command-New People’s Army raided RAM Aggregates, Inc., a nickel mining company in Brgy. Puntalinao, Banay-banay, Davao Oriental on January 4, 2018 at 4 am.
The NPA confiscated one (1) Garand rifle with sniper’s scope, one (1) M79 grenade launcher, two (2) shotguns, one (1) caliber .45 pistol, one (1) caliber .357 pistol, a hundred rounds of assorted ammunition and several other military equipment.
Mining equipment, including 6 backhoes, one bulldozer and one dump truck, were also gutted down.
The AFP soldiers belonging to the 28th IB, who along with a private security agency, served as the companies guards, scampered away during the raid.
The sanction is in line with the Communist Party of the Philippines’ policy of protecting the environment by destroying destructive foreign large-scale mining companies, and those firms which engage in foreign-owned economic activities which sap the country’s natural resources while victimising workers and peasants.
RAM Aggregates Inc., exports nickel to foreign companies abroad while keeping mining workers wages at a pittance and causing the degradation of resources and the environment in the area.
The NPA sanction is also directed against the US-Duterte regime whose sycophantic allies in the reactionary Congress are now hellbent in pushing for federalism through a constituent assembly in order to open the country for full-scale imperialist plunder.
As the neoliberal purveyors in Duterte’s administration are milking the masses dry with disproportionately excessive taxes under the newly-minted TRAIN law in favour of landlords, bourgeoisie compradors and bureaucrat capitalists, the entire revolutionary movement is taking the elite and oligarchs to task by dismantling their parasitic hold of the country’s economic resources.