Palace, PNP slam NPA attack in Cagayan

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Malacañang and the Philippine National Police (PNP) on Wednesday condemned the attack by New People’s Army (NPA) guerrillas on elements of Regional Public Safety Battalion 2 (RPSB2) that left six dead and 15 others wounded in Baggao, Cagayan on Tuesday morning.

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In a press conference, Palace spokesman Edwin Lacierda assured the government will bring those responsible to justice.

“We certainly condemn those people who perpetrated the attacks on our police. The leadership of the PNP has been informed of this and we will go after those who have perpetrated this dastardly act on our policemen,” Lacierda told reporters.

Asked if this will affect government’s resolve to talk peace with the NPA guerrillas, Lacierda said the administration remains committed to the peace process and the rebels are the ones making preconditions.

“We have not strayed from our advocacy of having peace with them. But having so many conditions have made it impossible for them. Demanding on the preconditions for a talk is certainly their problem, not ours,” he said.

Meanwhile, PNP Spokesman, Chief Supt. Wilben Mayor in a press briefing said the PNP leadership assures the surviving families and kin of the “fallen hero cops” of financial support and social benefits due to police personnel who offered the supreme sacrifice in line of duty.

“On behalf of a grateful nation, the PNP high command extends condolences to the orphaned families of the deceased. Initially, the bereaved families shall be provided with PNP financial support and benefits from the Public Safety Mutual Benefit Fund Inc. (PSMBFI),” Mayor said.

He added that the forces also recovered two Ferfrans from the ambush site, believed to have been taken by the rebels when ambushed troops of the Special Action Force (SAF) also in Cagayan several years ago.

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