The bullet-riddled brand new patrol vehicle of the Candoni police at the ambush site.* (Ricky Filoteo photo)
The ambush that claimed the lives of two policemen, and caused injuries to four others, including two civilians, in Candoni, Negros Occidental, Thursday night appeared to be similar to the Mamasapano massacre where the slain police officers were stripped of their uniforms, personal belongings and firearms.
But this time, the suspects are members of the New People's Army, the Army's 3rd Infantry Division said.
Worse, the armed suspects administered the “coup de grace” on the injured policeman – Police Officer 1 Henry Vell Pacheco – by shooting him in the head, Senior Inspector Varie Villanobos, Candoni police chief, yesterday said.
The Bacolod City Police Office was placed on full alert yesterday following the ambush in Candoni town, Negros Occidental, that left two policemen dead and four injured Thursday night.
Supt. Alexander Ermeo, BCPO deputy city director for administration, said that even though Bacolod is a highly-urbanized city, they cannot still discount the possibility that the attacks may happen.
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BY JUDY F. PARTLOW
Negros Oriental Police Provincial Office officer-in-charge, Senior Supt. Harris Fama, directed the police chiefs in the province to remain vigilant and undertake basic precautionary measures to ensure their safety.
He said this is “protocol”, after the ambush Thursday in Candoni, Negros Occidental, where two police personnel were killed and five others were wounded. The incident took place at around 9:20 p.m. in Barangay Caningay, Candoni town, and perpetrated by suspected members of the New People's Army.