The Enforcer patrol jeep, which bore the brunt of the heavy artillery damage, acted as an effective shield to five members of the Gubat MPS led by SPO1 Ronald D. Din, who survived a sneak attack by suspected rebel elements upon reaching a forested area of Brgy. Casili, Gubat, Sorsogon.
In a report to the PNP Provincial Office in Sorsogon City, SPO Ronald Din recounted how armed elements believed to be members of the New People’s Army in Brgy. Casili in Gubat. During the initial volley of fire, the suspected NPA rebels opened fire on the police officers with the bullets hitting the back of the patrol jeep. The police officers made a quick u-turn maneuver to face the attackers head on, with a firefight ensuing for 15 minutes.
The rebels later withdrew with all five of the police officers surviving the attack. The Mahindra Enforcer patrol jeep also survived the ambush with the police officers being able to drive their way to the nearest medical facility for treatment on their own.
The police officers were thankful with the Mahindra’s reliability and sturdiness that it did not falter or malfunction despite the damage it sustained during the gunfight.
The PNP Mahindra Enforcer Patrol Jeep had gaping holes all around its body, smashed front and rear windshields, broken windows and driver’s side door, an impaired engine bay and a blown right rear wheel, all due to the bullets that came from NPA elements. Despite the flat rear wheel, the PNP patrol jeep maneuvered safely until it reached its base.