SUSPECTED Abu Sayyaf bandits ambushed two policemen providing route security to public school teachers in Patikul, Sulu early morning yesterday before fleeing, police said.
Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao Police Regional Office director, Brigadier General Marni C. Marcos Jr., said Corporal Angelo Canapi and Patrolman Nijar Awwalon, both members of the 2nd Provincial Mobile Force Company of the Sulu Police Provincial Ambush were performing their duties when they were attacked by the terrorists at 7:45 a.m. yesterday in Barangay Igasan.
Marcos said the two were among the local policemen providing route security to a convoy of motor vehicles bearing Department of Education teachers assigned in the eastern part of Patikul when they were attacked.
He said Cpl. Canapi was wounded in his right forearm while Pat. Awwalon suffered head injuries. The two were initially brought to the Integrated Provincial Health Office in Sulu for immediate medical attention before being transferred to the trauma ward of the Kampo Heneral Teodulo Bautista Station Hospital in Jolo, Sulu.
Philippine National Police spokesman, Brig. Gen. Bernard M. Banac said the PNP leadership has recognized the exemplary performance of duty of the two policemen who went to do their job amid a heavy volume of fire.
Banac said that PNP chief, General Oscar D. Albayalde has ordered Marcos to see to it that the gunmen will be brought to justice and that the safety of the teachers in the area will be ensured at all times.