DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/ 27 July) – A policeman was wounded in an attack by suspected New People’s Army rebels around 4 pm Thursday in Tarragona, Davao Oriental.
Police Regional Office 11 spokesperson Chief Insp. Milgrace Driz on Friday identified the wounded policeman as PO1 Johnny Morales.
Driz said Morales was with Chief Insp. Marcelito and PO1 George Silat onboard a Toyota Avanza on their way back to Baganga municipal police station from the provincial office in Mati City for a drug test.
She said they stopped upon seeing around 10 armed men mount a roadblock near Tagsagaong Bridge in Barangay Tomoaong, Tarragona for a supposed checkpoint.
But they turned back after sensing that the armed men were neither soldiers nor police officers, she said.
The armed men opened fire at the vehicle, prompting the policemen to retaliate, she added.
Their vehicle fell off a cliff while trying to escape, she said.
“They can’t go out from the door, so they broke the window glass and managed to hide,” she said.
Driz said the policemen hid until the armed men left.
She said Morales was hit in the abdomen and is recuperating in a hospital in the province.
She said the NPA could be behind the attack based on the “mode of operation.”
No group has claimed responsibility for the incident. (Antonio L. Colina IV/MindaNews)