Through our correspondent, Pandiman, Philippines, we have received the following URGENT message:
This morning, it appears for unknown reasons at the moment, rebel forces of the New Peoples Army (NPA) have attacked nickel ore mines in the Surigao region. The attacks are currently on going at Taganito Mining Corp and PGMC, the rebels destroying and burning mining equipment and offices, we understand hostages have been taken. We have three vessels currently attended by surveyors in the vicinity and they can not leave the vessel due to the violence ashore. We are contacting the IG Clubs involved directly in regards to these vessels.
The latest local press release;Rebels kill 3, hostage several others in Surigao raidHome Updated October 03, 2011 02:05 PM
"MANILA, Philippines - Suspected New People's Army (NPA) rebels killed three security guards and took hostage employees of a mining company in Claver town, Surigao del Norte, this morning, officials said.
The military reported that at least 200 heavily-armed rebels raided the Taganito Mining Company in Barangay Taganito, Claver town at past 8 a.m. The rebels shot dead the three guards securing the main gate of the company's compound.
A report by state-owned media Philippine News Agency said that as of noon today, military and police teams are engaged in fierce gunfight with the rebels.
Major Eugenio Osias, spokesperson of the Philippine Army's 4th Infantry Division, said that the rebels have barricaded the mining company's office compound with dump trucks and heavy equipment.
Osias added that the rebels also planted an undetermined number of landmines around the compound, which makes it difficult for the police and military personnel to get near the site.
Meanwhile, a report by radio dzMM said that according to Chief Superintendent Agrimero Cruz, spokesman of the Philippine National Police, the rebels have taken hostage the mining company's manager and other employees.
Cruz also reported that another group of rebels launched an attack at the Platinum Metals Group Corp. in Barangay Cagdianao, also in Claver town.
The police spokesman said that the Philippine Air Force has dispatched two Huey helicopters to augment the security forces locked in a fierce gunfight with the rebels."
Our surveyors have reported that tugs and landing craft used by mining companies have been bombed, this is a serious situation and we strongly recommend that any owners whose vessels are being charted to load nickel ore at ports in the Philippines, check with their club and liaise with ourselves to clarify the loading area and current status.
Kindest regardsCaptain Andrew Malpass – PresidentPandiman Philippines, Inc.
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