ILOILO CITY -- A composite team of the Philippine Army and the Philippine National Police is now running after communist terrorists who ambushed members of the Regional Mobile Force Battalion (RMFB) of the Police Regional Office 6 (PRO6) in SitioCamansi, Bgy. Bolo, Maasin, Iloilo around 6 p.m. Friday.
Personnel from the Iloilo Provincial Police Office, RMFB and the Army’s 61st Infantry Battalion of the 3rd Infantry Division have been deployed.
The ambush resulted in the death of PO1 JoefillTallador Odon and the wounding of 10 other policemen.
The casualties, together with 11 other police officers, were travelling aboard two vehicles on their way back to the town proper of Maasin, when an explosive device went off followed by bursts of gunfire while they were in Sitio Camansi.
Wounded were Police Inspector Joy Melvin Dulce, PO1s DelbyBachiller, Rolando Lozada, Vincent Yasay, April Ray Ansag, RollyTalento, Kim Iber Cornel, Kenneth Delejero, Paul John Banquillo, and PO3 Jose Manuel Bana-ay.
PRO6 shouldered all hospital expenses of the police personnel.
Meanwhile, found at the scene were Molotov bombs and the improvised explosive devices used in the ambush.
PRO 6 spokesperson, Supt, Gilbert Gorero said that what happened was a terroristic act of the New People's Army as he called on the public not to support the communist group.
The ambush happened a day after President Rodrigo RoaDuterte signed Proclamation No. 360 terminating talks with the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF).
Meanwhile, the NPA Jose Percival EstocadaJr Command (JPEC), Central Panay claimed in its website responsibility for the killing.
The NPAs Napoleon Tumagtang Command on November 23 also claimed responsibility for the ambush in Sibalom, Antique where three members of the Sibalom Municipal Police Station were wounded.
The RMFB was deployed to the area following sightings of alleged communist terrorists in the mountainous portion of Maasin.
Government operations are focused in Maasin and adjacent areas following series of encounters between the Philippine Army and the NPA. On November 20, the troops clashed with around 30 members of the NPA terrorists at the boundary of Brgy. Canawilihan, Janiuay and Brgy.Trangka, Maasin.
NPA rebels also attacked the Maasin Municipal Police Station and carted away assorted firearms last June.*PNA
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