Three policemen were wounded after the police vehicle that was carrying them was ambushed on Tuesday by suspected members of the New People’s Army in Oriental Mindoro.
Two other policemen, including the deputy chief of police of Pinamalayan Municipal Police Station, and a civilian who is a village leader, escaped unhurt during the ambush.
Lt. Col. Socrates Faltado, spokesman of the Mimaropa regional police, said the police vehicle of Pinamalayan was on its way to Calapan City when it was waylaid by armed men at around 7:45 a.m. along the national highway at Barangay Pasi 2, Socorro, Oriental Mindoro.
The police mobile, driven by Pat. Raquel Generoso, was bearing Capt. Ruelito Magtibay, deputy police chief of Pinamalayan, and three other members of the station identified as Master Sgt. Ivan Fortus, Senior Master Sgt. Irene Lazo and Cpl. Ivy Carmona.
The policemen were joined by barangay Chairman Noli dela Cruz of Pinamalayan, Oriental Mindoro.
During the ambush, Fortus, Lazo and Carmona were wounded. They were brought to Oriental Mindoro Provincial Hospital.
Faltado said that based on the information provided by barangay Chairman Danilo Caspe of Barangay Pasi 2, a loud explosion was heard from the ambush site followed by burst of gunfire against the policemen who were aboard the mobile car.
At the time of the reported ambush, the policemen were on their way to Calapan to attend a radio program.
“During the incident, mobile patrol of Pinamalayan MPS was able to evade the ambush and continuously drove away from the killing zone,” Faltado said in a report. Still, three of the policemen were wounded.