A band of suspected New People’s Army (NPA) rebels launched an apparent harassment attack by firing at a police station in Butuan City on Monday night (Sept. 2).
It was the fourth attack in less than two years on the same police station.
Police Capt. Emerson Alipit, Butuan Butuan police spokesperson, said suspected rebels opened fire on the Butuan City Police Office-Station 5 (BCPO-S5) in Barangay San Mateo, about 26 kilometers from the city proper around 10 p.m.
Alipit said the attackers believed to be members of Guerilla Front Committee 4-A of the CPP-NPA Northeastern Mindanao regional committee were repelled after a 15-minute firefight. No casualties or injuries were reported.
“The harassment was not successful, the rebels retreated after our policemen manning the station fought back,” Alipit told local radio station Bombo Butuan .
Alipit condemned the latest NPA harassment that brought fear and traumatic experiences to residents in the area.
He said the NPA might be wanting to falsely show that the group is still a force to reckon with despite the successive surrender of their members and supporters in Butuan and neighboring towns.
“Gusto nilang ipakita na mayron pa silang pwersa despite na marami nang nagsurrender,” Alipit said. By CLC