Wednesday, February 8, 2017

After Attack On Mining Trucks In Itogon, Mt. Ulap Will Be Closed From February 10 To 12

In light of the recent torching of two trucks in Ampucao, Itogon, Benguet, government officials in the area decided to temporarily close Mt. Ulap for a few days. Hikers and climbers won't be allowed to enter the popular mountain from February 10 to 12 (Friday to Sunday). The shutting down of the mountain is for the safety of hikers. Those who are scheduled to climb the mountain on said dates are advised to contact their groups and organizers or the Ampucao LGU for updates and re-booking.

According to news reports, dozens of masked gunmen who introduced themselves as members of the New Peoples Army (NPA) flagged down two trucks by the Philex Mining Corporation along Philex Road in Tapak, Ampucao then burned down the trucks. The drivers and their security escort were left unharmed. The incident occurred between 7:00 and 7:30 on Thursday morning. The trucks were loaded with ore and were on their way to La Union.

According to Police Superintendent Florante Camuyot of the Benguet Police, the men were armed with assault rifles and they were estimated to number up to 50. Because of the incident, classes in elementary and secondary schools in the area were immediately suspended.
Mountain climbers enjoying the view from one of the peaks of Mt. Ulap. Photo by Daniel Feliciano/The Cordilleran Sun