NPA at­tacks po­lice sta­tion in Misamis Ori­en­tal; 4 cops wounded

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FOUR po­lice­men of the Bin­uan­gan, Misamis Ori­en­tal mu­nic­i­pal po­lice sta­tion were wounded af­ter mem­bers of the com­mu­nist New Peo­ple’s Army (NPA) at­tacked the fa­cil­ity early Sun­day morn­ing, December 3, a po­lice of­fi­cial said.

Po­lice re­gional of­fice 10 spokesper­son Su­per­in­ten­dent Le­muel Gonda said the four po­lice­men were hit by shrap­nel from the ri­fle gre­nade used by the NPA rebels dur­ing the at­tack.

He said the gun fight started around 3:15 a.m. and lasted at least 20 min­utes.

“Then af­ter that, ‘yung tinawag na ang tac­ti­cal move­ment. Pu­tok dito, pu­tok doon, naghi­hin­tay, paki­ram­daman hang­gang sa umalis na ang mga kal­a­ban (We called the tac­ti­cal move­ment while gun­shots rang out. Then we waited un­til the en­e­mies left),” Gonda said.

Gonda said they have yet to es­tab­lish whether there were ca­su­al­ties among the rebels.

He said pur­suit op­er­a­tions against the NPA guer­ril­las were on­go­ing.

Im­me­di­ately af­ter the in­ci­dent, re­gional po­lice di­rec­tor Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent Ti­mo­teo Ta­clob is­sued a di­rec­tive to all po­lice per­son­nel in North­ern Min­danao re­gion to strengthen their target-hard­en­ing se­cu­rity mea­sures to pre­vent such an at­tack from hap­pen­ing again.

He said they re­ceived in­for­ma­tion that the NPA, re­cently branded as ter­ror­ists by Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte, were plan­ning to at­tack po­lice sta­tions in their ar­eas fol­low­ing the can­cel­la­tion of all the sched­uled meet­ings in the Nether­lands with the Com­mu­nist Party of the Philip­pines (CPP) in re­la­tion to the peace talks.

Duterte’s de­ci­sion stemmed from the re­cent at­tacks made by the NPA, par­tic­u­larly against the mil­i­tary and po­lice.

"Be­fore pa lang, nung peace talks pa lang, nagde­clare na yung CPPNPA-NDF ng of­fen­sive op­er­a­tion against the mil­i­tary and mu­nic­i­pal po­lice sta­tions," Gonda said. (Even be­fore the peace talks, the CPPNPA-NDF de­clared an of­fen­sive op­er­a­tions against mil­i­tary and mu­nic­i­pal po­lice stat i ons.)

The NPA is the armed wing of the CPP while the Na­tional Demo­cratic Front is the po­lit­i­cal wing and rep­re­sented the com­mu­nists in the scrapped peace talks.

"So ang ha­mon sa atin dito, da­pat walang makaatake kaya [ pina­palakas] yung target-hard­en­ing se­cu­rity mea­sures (The chal­lenge now is how to strengthen our tar­geth­ard­en­ing se­cu­rity mea­sures so that we are not vul­ner­a­ble to at­tacks)," he added. (Sun­Star Philip­pines)

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