Rebels launch attacks on cellphone sites

11 Jan 2006

According to officials from the Philippines’ military, communist rebels have launched separate attacks on three mobile phone transmission towers in the country. New People’s Army (NPA) guerrillas firebombed a Digitel Mobile (Sun Cellular) transmission tower in Pandi village near Manila causing ‘some damage’, and soon after a Globe Telecom site was attacked with petrol bombs in the northern province of Nueva Ecija. A third Globe tower was also targeted in Hagonoy Town in Bulacan as part of the NPA’s demands for extortion, or ‘revolutionary tax’. The 8,000-strong rebel force has attacked 23 Globe Telecom sites in recent months, either with bombs or incendiary devices.