ABOUT 25 suspected members of the New People’s Army (NPA) raided the police station of Balangkayan in Eastern Samar and carted away a number of firearms and laptops on Monday night.
The Balangkayan PNP Chief, Senior Insp. Gilberto Colima, said the suspected rebels were on board a rented van and fired shots barging into the station, which caught the police officers taking dinner at the time by surprise.
Colima said the station was manned by six personnel led by his deputy officer, Senior Police Officer (SPO) 4 Honorato Montero Jr., who failed to move when the suspects poked their firearms at them, while the others took the firearms of the personnel on duty.
The armed men took nine M16 rifles, a shotgun and two 9mm pistols from the station.
Colima added that there were 10 personnel on duty on the night of the attack, but the four others who are residents of the town went home for dinner.
The rebels reportedly hired the van from the nearby town of Maydolong where a pursuit was staged by elements of the 14th Infantry Battalion (IB) of the Philippine Army. The armed men were wearing military pants, boots and sweatshirts.
Meanwhile, the acting Regional Director of Police Regional Office (PRO) 8, Chief Supt. Jose Erwin Villacorte, condemned in the strongest terms the Communist Party of the Philippines/New People’s Army/National Democratic Front’s (CNN) Monday night attack.
“The CNN has evolved from an ideological revolutionary group to one conducting acts of banditry out of desperation since the people are hesitant to give in to their demands,” Villacorte said.