THE Philippine National Police (PNP) on Thursday identified the six policemen from the Regional Public Safety Battalion (RPSB) who died in an ambush by suspected members of the New People’s Army (NPA) in Cagayan on Tuesday.
Chief Supt. Wilben Mayor, PNP spokesman, named the slain RPSB members as Police Officers 1 Derel Pillos Sunico, Ryan Gaspar Annang, Arjay Allauigan Batusta, Rogelio Carag Alfonso, Julius Nitura Soriano, and Jaypee Pedroso.
The victims were with 63 RPSB personnel, led by Supt. Juan Aggasid, who were dispatched to Barangay Santa Margarita in Baggao to check on the reported burning of government equipment by the NPA rebels.
However, their vehicles hit a landmine and were fired upon with grenades by the rebels on stake out some three kilometers away from the burning site. The team engaged the rebels in a five-hour gun battle until reinforcements arrived.
Mayor said the 10 wounded policemen who are now confined at the Guzman Medical Center in Tuguegarao City were given Medalya ng Sugatang Magiting and P10,000 assistance each.
He added that P20,000 was given to each family of the slain policemen.