In Albay: Cop slain, 3 others hurt in ambush

June 26, 2020

LEGAZPI CITY --- A policeman was killed while a police officer and two patrolmen were hurt in a clash on Wednesday (June 24) morning with New People’s Army (NPA) rebels in a remote village in Jovellar town in Albay, police report said.

Police Capt. Millard Bongalon, Jovellar town police chief, quoting a spot report said the NPA staged the ambush  at Barangay San Isidro at around 5:20 AM, while the police troopers while returning to their base camp when they were attacked by a 15-man group of NPA rebels.

Killed in the rebel attack was Patrolman Emerson Belmonte. Wounded were Police  Corporal Marlon Bertran, Patrolmen Roy Resureccion and  John Mark  Paz.

The report said members of the 1st Albay Provincial Mobile Force Company  were  on  internal security operations in said village when  fired at  by the NPA group that  led to a running gun battle .

According to reports,  a number of wounded on the side of the rebel  group was reported. 

Earlier in Bulusan, Sorsogon,  an NPA rebel was killed in a shootout with  law enforcers implementing a  warrant of arrest  in Barangay San Bernardo on Wednesday, a Philippine Army (PA) report said.

Army Capt. John Paul Belleza, 9th Infantry Division (9ID) public affairs chief, has identified the slain rebel as Ian Estrellado alias Ela/Karding, a member of a Guerilla Front (GF) operating in Sorsogon province.

Belleza said an Army and police composite team was to serve the warrant to the suspect who is facing a murder complaint when the suspect together with other rebel companion fired upon the troops in said village.
A brief firefight ensued that resulted in the death of the suspect and the recovery of a carbine rifle, magazine and a grenade.

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