CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 29 Jan) – A policeman was killed when suspected communist rebels ambushed early Wednesday a three-car convoy of a police general who was inspecting police stations in Talakag, Bukidnon.
Col. Ruel Lami-ing, Bukidnon police director, said three security escorts of Brig. Gen. Joselito Salido, deputy director of the Directorate for Integrated Police Operation in Eastern Mindanao, were wounded when they were ambushed by the rebels in Barangay Dominorog in Talakag at 6:45 a.m.
He identified the slain policeman as Corporal Ro Sumaylo, who died on the spot.
Lami-ing said Salido safely got out from the ambush site and proceeded to nearby Barangay San Rafael. Salido was reportedly inspecting the police municipal station when the ambush took place.
Lami-ing said Capt. Ramil Gighie, head of Salido’s escorts, was wounded along with two others.
He said police stopped all vehicular traffic in Talakag as governt troops pursued the band of communist rebels that ambushed the police convoy.
Heavily armed policemen established a checkpoint at the road juction between the municipality of Lantapan and Dominorog to stop all vehicular traffic.
Three police and military trucks were seen by reporters going to the ambush site in Barangay Dominorog.
The police also recovered the cars of the convoy, including the bullet-riddled Toyota Hilux of Gighie and his men. (Froilan Gallardo / MindaNews)