Two policemen were killed and five others were injured in an ambush in Brgy. Caningay, Candoni town in Negros Occidental, 9:20 last night.
PO3 Joe Harry Peralta and PO1 Henry Vell Pacheco were killed in the ambush staged by suspected New People's Army fighters, Senior Supt. William Señoron, Negros Occidental OIC provincial police director, said.
Injured were PO1 Jay Agravante Arroyo and PO1 Modesto Derecho Viña, he added. Two other policemen identified as SPO4 Boyd Mate and PO1 Charlemagne Caballero were unharmed.
Injured were Julius Miravalles, Rey Duales and a third person yet to be identified, Nicholas Gustilo Lachica II, Candoni Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management officer, said.
The policemen were on their way back to the Candoni police station, after responding to a call for help after a fight broke out in Caningay, when the ambush took place, Lachica said.
They picked up a wounded person at the fight and were approaching the Panaculan Creek bridge, about 2 kilometers from the Municipal Hall, when they saw a toppled banana tree in the middle of the highway, followed by a burst of fire that led to the death of Peralta and Pacheco, he added.
Pacheco was a rescue volunteer before he became a policeman and is the son of former Association of Barangay Captains president Wilfredo Pacheco of Candoni, Lachica said.
The slain policemen had gunshot wounds on their heads and various parts of their body, he added.*CPG
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