A policeman was wounded on Tuesday when a group of New People’s Army (NPA) rebels attacked anew a police outpost in Butuan City.
A report from the regional police office said an undetermined number of rebels attacked the Butuan City Police Office-Station 5 (BCPO-S5) in Barangay San Mateo at 5 a.m, wounding PO1 Ritchel Golandrina.
Chief Supt. Gilberto Cruz, police director for Caraga, said policemen manning the station were able to fight back, preventing the rebels from getting firearms from the police station.
The firefight lasted for more than 10 minutes until reinforcing troops arrived.
Cruz praised the policemen for successfully defending their station, about 26 kilometers from the city proper.
He believed his men have inflicted casualty on the retreating enemy side.
Cruz condemned the latest NPA harassment, the third such attack in less than a year, that brought fear and traumatic experiences to residents in the area.
“The rebels have not even considered the safety and security of the civilians who could be hit by their stray bullets,” he said.
“We urge the people to help the PNP and AFP in suppressing insurgency in the region by reporting the terrorists’ presence and illegal activities to the nearest police/army unit,” Cruz added.
Ka Omar Ibarra, spokesperson of the NPA’s Western Agusan del Norte unit, said they attacked the police station “as punitive action” for extortion allegedly committed by San Mateo policemen, who supposedly victimized motorists and traders passing through the highway in Barangay San Mateo.
He said that the NPA did not suffer any casualties. By CLC