LUCBAN, Quezon -- Two policemen were wounded during a clash with a band of heavily-armed men believed to be New People’s Army (NPA) rebels along the boundaries of Bgys. Kalangay and Mahabang Parang, here, on Wednesday.
Chief Insp. William Angway, commander of the Que-zon Provincial Public Safety Company (QPPSC), said two of his men, PO2 Aldrin Leonida and Bong Himor, sustained gunshot wounds.
Angway said the encounter happened at 11:45 a.m. while his men from the 5th Maneuver Platoon were conducting combat operation at said place.
“My men were peppered with bullets by some 30 fully-armed communist rebels, hitting Leonida in the left buttocks. But the rest managed to take cover and quickly retaliated, hitting three of the rebels,” said Angway.
He said the wounded rebels were carried for safety by their comrades at the height of the firefight.
Upon learning of the clash, Angway said he immediately dispatched his personnel from the 6th Maneuver Platoon under SPO1 Randy Perez to reinforce the embattled team.
But while exchanging fire, Himor, who belonged to the reinforcing team, was hit by a bullet in the body.
Quezon police director Senior Supt. Rhoderick Armamento, who rushed to the area to back up his men, said the rebels finally retreated after a 30-minute firefight.
“Though outnumbered, our policemen gave a good fight. That was the reason why the rebels failed to have them overpowered,” said Armamento.
He said all the municipal police stations concerned were ordered to set up checkpoints to stop the fleeing rebels while proper coordination with the Army’s 85th Infantry Battalion was immediately done.