ZAMBOANGA CITY – A policeman was wounded in a shootout Wednesday with six suspected communist rebels who attacked him outside his house.
Senior Police Officer 4 Eleazar Carcallas was attacked while heading home in the town of Tigbao in Zamboanga del Sur. The gunmen, who split into two groups, were waiting for Carcallas outside his house and ganged up on him with pistols and submachine guns.
Carcallas was shot in the leg and chin but managed to fight back until the rebels fled.
“SPO4 Carcallas is a brave policeman and he managed to fight off his attackers, who are believed to be members of the New People’s Army, out to kill him. We have tightened security not only in the town, but the whole province as well because of this attack,” said Senior Inspector Joseph Ortega, a regional police spokesman.
Carcallas was taken to hospital in Pagadian City. It was not the first time rebels attack a policeman in Tigbao. On April 2012, dozens of communist rebels stormed the town’s police headquarters and carted weapons and took one policeman Juhali Faisal hostage in their escape.
The attack on Carcallas came two days after rebels also clashed with troops in the village of Bal-ason in Gingoog City. Two rebels were killed in the fighting and soldiers recovered 2 automatic rifles, according to Captain Alberto Caber, a spokesman for the Eastern Mindanao Command.
The NPA has been fighting for decades for the establishment of a Maoist state in the country.