COMMUNIST guerrillas abducted four policemen in Surigao del Norte on Sunday, while an armed rebel was killed in an encounter in Quezon province on Monday.
The Caraga regional police director, Chief Supt. Rolando Felix, said Senior Police Officer (SPO) 3 Santiago Lamanilao, assigned with the Surigao City police station; Police Officer (PO) 3 Jayroll Bagayas, PO2 Caleb Cinaca and non-uniformed personnel Rodrigo Angob, all assigned at the Malimono Municipal police station in Surigao del Norte, were snatched at about 2:15 p.m. on Sunday in Barangay Cagtinae in Malimono.
The victims were reportedly visiting a friend when armed men wearing military uniforms, believed to be members of the New People’s Army (NPA), forcibly took them.
“Victims were seen tied in both hands while being brought to mountainous area,” the report said.
Felix placed all police units in the region on full alert status and directed to preempt hostile plans of the rebels and other threat groups.
Malimono Mayor Teodoro Sinaca activated the town’s crisis management committee to handle the situation.
Meanwhile, an armed rebel died in an encounter at Barangay dela Paz in Lopez, Quezon.
The troops recovered an M16 rifle and a shotgun after the 20-minute clash with about 30 armed rebels.
The slain rebel was not immediately identified.
Maj. Gen. Romeo Gan, 2nd Infantry Division commander, said the clash could have been avoided if the rebels have listened to the government’s sincere call for peace.
He encouraged other rebels to abandon their armed struggle and join President Rodrigo Duterte in his vision for peace and progress.