BALER, Aurora -- “This is a barbaric act which came at a very unfortunate time when government is utilizing all means to forge a lasting peace.”
Thus said Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Oscar Albayalde yesterday who paid his last respects to a police officer killed in an ambush Tuesday by the New People’s Army rebels in Bgy. Villa, Maria Aurora town.
PO2 Ronald Marcial Rudiera was a member of the 1st Aurora Provincial Mobile Force Company, who, along with other police personnel, were dispatched to investigate the reported arson incident that transpired Tuesday at Sitio Dimabuyo in Bgy. Villa Aurora.
They were in convoy when fired upon by undetermined number of armed men believed to be members of Kilusang Larangang Guerrilla Sierra Madre.
He also visited the wounded SPO2 Angelo Gawat, who is also part of the team that was ambushed by the rebels.
Gawat, chief investigator of the Maria Aurora Police Station, is still confined at the Premier General Hospital in Bgy. Suklayin, this town.
The PNP chief said he has directed the police to beef up the checkpoints in the province and asked them to seek help from the Philippine Army to ensure the safety of the people of Aurora.
“This is to preempt any ‘hostile actions’ from the New People’s Army (NPA) and to ensure the safety of the people,” he said, noting that he instructed the police to intensify security measures in all PNP facilities and installations.