Five policemen and a barangay chairman survived an ambush Tuesday morning suspected to be carried out by members of the New People’s Army (NPA) in Pinamalayan town, Oriental Mindoro.
In a spot report sent by P/Lt. Colonel Socrates Faltado, spokesperson of the Police Regional Office (PRO) in MIMAROPA, the police personnel who survived the ambush were identified as P/Capt. Ruelito Magtibay, PCMS Ivan Fortus, P/Sms Irene Lazo, PCPL Ivy Carmona, Pat. Raquel Genoroso, and Barangay Capt. Noli Dela Cruz of Barangay Palayan, Pinamalayan.
All six were riding a police mobile patrol car when the ambush was carried out by unidentified armed men in Brgy. Pasi 2, Socorro at 7:45 a.m., the report said.
They escaped when the driver of the patrol car was able to speed away from the area which is considered to be a “killing zone”.
Fortus, Lazo, and Carmona who were wounded were immediately brought to the Oriental Mindoro Provincial Hospital for treatment.
Caspe, who reported the incident after hearing the burst of gunfire, said the target of the ambush was the personnel of the Pinamalayan Municipal Police Station (MPS) who were going to Calapan City for a radio program.
On the other hand, PNP chief Gen. Oscar Albayalde has directed the Police Regional Office 4B under PB Gen Tomas Apolinario to launch manhunt operations for the perpetrators accountable for the ambush.