SUSPECTED New People’s Army (NPA) rebels raided the town hall and police station of Governor Generoso town in Davao Oriental and abducted the chief of police and wounded a policeman on Sunday.
Philippine Army’s 10 Infantry Division spokesman, Capt. Rhyan Batchar, said the rebels took Chief Insp. Arnold Ongachen, town police chief, in the daring raid at about 8 p.m., following an hour of firefight.
Batchar said some 40 armed rebels stormed the town hall where the station is also located and where they overpowered the 14 policemen who defended their post. Police Officer 3 Johnray Cinco was wounded in the process.
Three other policemen were reported missing and authorities are in a quandary whether they were also taken as hostage by the guerrillas who fled with the chief of police.
The rebels were reportedly aboard an Elf truck and two pick-up vehicles when they opened fire as they swooped down the station. Ongachen was at his quarters that time.
Batchar said the Army sent reinforcement to the besieged police station but was delayed because the rebels blocked the road leading to the area and planted landmines along the national highway to Governor Generoso.
Meanwhile, government forces have conducted pursuit operations against the guerrillas that resulted in a series of encounters early Monday.
Batchar said troops from the 28th Infantry Battalion aboard two Simba armored vehicles and backed up my two KM450 military vehicles encountered the rebels following a roadside bombing in Barangay Kamalyon in San Isidro town, Davao Oriental.
No casualties were reported on the government side during the 30-minute gunfight that started at about 6 a.m. on Monday.
The pursuit operation resulted in the recovery of the three vehicles used by the rebels in attacking the police station.