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3 cops killed, 3 others wounded in Camarines Sur ambush

by admin   |   Posted on Thursday, October 18th, 2018

Bodies of cops killed in action

 

Three police escorts of Food and Drugs Administration Director General Nela Charade Puno were killed while three others were wounded in an ambush along the national highway of Brgy. Napolidan, Lupi, Camarines Sur at around 9:10 AM, Thursday (October 18).

Based on initial report, the three Philippine National Police (PNP) security personnel were on board a PNP marked vehicle on their way to Daet, Camarines Norte when more or less 20 unidentified armed men believed to be members of the New People’s Army, assaulted the group which resulted in the killing and wounding of the police victims.

Route security personnel from 1st Camarines Sur PPSC were able to immediately respond to the area and retaliate, thereby suppressing the enemy and preventing further casualties.

The fatalities were identified as:

SPO1 Percival Rafael
PO3 Carlito Navarroza
PO1 Ralph Jason Vida

The Wounded personnel were immediately brought to Bicol Medical Center (BMC), Naga City. They were identified as:

PO1 Jonathan Perillo
PO1 Ruby Buena
PO1 Rodolfo Gonzaga

The Bicol PNP has coordinated with the military for a joint pursuit operation.

Nearby municipalities were also alerted to conduct checkpoints in all strategic locations in their respective areas of responsibility. — Lea Ylagan

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6 dead, 9 injured in Calbiga, Samar ambush

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019

Six members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) were killed while nine were injured during an ambush by suspected members of the New People’s Army (NPA) in Calbiga, Samar on Tuesday morning (April 23).

Members of the 46 Infantry Battalion (46-IB) were ambushed around 2:50 a.m. with the use of an improvised explosive device (IED) or a landmine which exploded in the area between Barangay Daligan and Barangay Baluan.

According to initial information of 46-IB, they were conducting a community support program when suspected NPA members waylaid their troops.

The 46-IB added that the encounter between the AFP and suspected rebel group continues. — Aileen Cerrudo

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Councilor wounded, 2 others killed in Agusan del Sur ambush

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Monday, April 8th, 2019

Scene of the Crime Operatives examine the site of the ambush against San Luis Councilor Franklin Mandumotan on April 6, 2019

San Luis, Agusan del Sur Councilor Franklin Mandumotan was wounded while his wife, child and friends were killed in an ambush in Barangay San Pedro, Agusan del Sur on Saturday (April 6).

Philippine National Police (PNP) San Luis Chief Pcapt. Emerson Bajao said Mandumotan, his family and two of his friends were aboard an SUV and were on their way to a municipal activity when armed men rained bullets on said vehicle.

“Nagawa pa niyang mga around 150 meters pagpapatakbo para maiwas iyong mga nasa loob. More or less 36 basyo ng bala ng M16 ang nakuha sa area at mayroon pang bala ng mga carbine na na-iwan din sa area, (He was able to run the vehicle up to 150 meters to save the people inside. More or less 36 bullet shells of M16 were recovered from the area, there were also carbine ammunition left in the area),” Bajao said.

Mandumotan’s wife was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital while one of his friends, Maricel Quezon, died on the spot after sustaining multiple gunshot wounds.

Mandumotan sustained a gunshot wound on the arm. His son, Charles, and his other friend, Norie Coguit also sustained wounds and were taken to the hospital.

Bajao has confirmed they are investigating four persons of interest who may be responsible for the ambush.

Authorities are also investigating the motive for the assassination because the councilor has no record of any involvement in illegal drugs.

Bajao also insists it is not election-related.

“Hindi man siya tumatakbo, hindi election-related tapos wala ring mga armed group dito. Iyon nga tinitibay pa natin kung matumbok ba natin kung sila ba ang gumagawa, iyong mga NPA kasi hindi nila inaamin, (He is not running [in the election], it is not election-related. Also, there are no armed groups here. We are still investigating if the NPA is responsible because they are not claiming responsibility as of now)” Bajao said.

Meanwhile, Police Regional Office 13 Director Brig. Gen. Gilberto DC Cruz gave his troops one week to apprehend those responsible for the ambush.—Aileen Cerrudo(with reports from Raymond Octobre)

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Death toll in Sagñay, CamSur landslide now at 30, 16 others missing

by admin   |   Posted on Wednesday, January 2nd, 2019

 

Landslide area in Camarines, Sur

On December 29, the family of Melvin Gonzales was having dinner when they heard a roaring sound amid the heavy downpour.

The sound marked the rock slide at the upper part of their house.

“Iyong paglingon ko, ang bahay namin bigla na lang pumutok. Tinulak na kami ng lupa,” Melvin recalled.

Melvin, his wife and 5 children managed to run out of danger.

However, his three children where buried alive in the landslide.

Meanwhile, all 8 children of Jose Ferno also died in the incident.

Authorities are still in search of his wife and youngest child.

“Hindi ko alam na ang ulan pala dito malakas sa Legazpi. Hindi naman masyado dito pala yung ulan bumagsak kaya namanatag ako doon,” said Ferno.

Based on the record of the local government ng Sagñay, Camarines Sur, the number of fatalities in the landslide in Brgy. Patitinan has reached 30.

Sagñay officials said they did not lack on reminding the residents in landslide-prone areas to evacuate.

However, Mayor Evelyn Fuentebella admitted that they did not enforce a mandatory evacuation.

“Just to inform them na it;s delikado kasi actually hindi namin ini-expect ito. Sino ba naman na gusto itong mangyari ‘di ba? Hindi kami nagmandatory. ‘Yun lang siguro pero they we’re warned,” said the local chief executive.

On Wednesday morning (January 2), rescue teams of Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) have arrived to help in the search of 16 missing individuals in Sitio Igot and Sitio Garang of Brgy. Patitinan.

“Meron daw doon kung saan nag-evacuate ang mga victims. Iyong chapel yata so ang balita mula ngayon hindi pa nila napapasok iyon. So iyon ang pagpunta namin ang isu-survey namin. Iyon ang magiging concentration namin,” said Philippine Army DRU officer LTC Joel Sobrera.

“Sana makuha natin pero gagawin naman namin lahat ng magagawa namin para mahanap natin lahat,” said MMDA Public Safety Officer Allan Nicart Longcop.

Vice President Leni Robredo also arrived in Brgy. Patitinan to personally visit the situation of the residents in the area.

The vice president provided aid to the landslide-affected residents.

Robredo has recommended to the local government of Sagñay the forced relocation of the residents in landslide-prone areas.

“Identify alin ba mga lugar yung hindi na talaga pwedeng patirhan at talagang pwersahin yung mga taong huwag nang bumalik,” said the vice president.

“Meron na akong resettlement area sa Brgy. Del Carmen. Inooffer ko sa kanila pero alam naman ang mga tao they don’t want change parang ito ano lang ito yung nangyari lang yung ganun pero hindi nila iniexpect na mangyayari ulit but we are trying our best  na umalis sila dito,” said Mayor Fuentebella.

The mass burial of the victims of the landslide is set on Thursday (January 3). – Allan Manansala / UNTV News and Rescue

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