P R E S S R E L E A S E
Date: September 18, 2015
Control Number: 20150918-310
LAWLESS ELEMENTS AMBUSHED PATROLLING POLICE
One (1) killed, one (1) wounded and two (2) survived during the hostile attack perpetrated by Lawless elements at Purok 5, Poblacion, Cortes, SDS, on September 18, 2015 around 9:00 this morning.
It was a horrific experience to the residents of Cortes, SDS when the countless number of lawless elements burst fire to the Patrol Car of Cortes MPS were Four (4) PNP Personnels are onboard who just conducted patrolling in the area that resulted to the killing of SPO4 Jesus Labastilla and wounding of PO2 Joy Turaja while SPO2 Venson B. Sanchez and PO3 Rogelio Bagnol managed to return to Cortes MPS safely.
The Four PNP Personnel were able to put up a fight to the more or less 50 fully armed men. Firefight lasted for fifteen (15) minutes and fully armed lawless elements exited, they used two (2) starex van and one ELF with unknown plate numbers going to North direction of Lanuza and Carmen, Surigao del Sur. Prior to the ambush countless fully armed elements stage check point in the area.
About 3:30 PM same day, at Matho, Surigao del Sur, second ambush happened to PPSC Team led by PSUPT NOGUERRA, DPDO, SDS PPO on board on a patrol jeep going to CortesMPS. They passed by a loud explosion from a land mines and gun fire from the enemy and the team were able to fight back bravely. Air support from AFP responded immediately which pushed the ambusher to withdraw. While, SPO2 Herminio Ermila slightly wounded from a sharpnels and one of the tire of Patrol car was damaged.
Clearing and pursuit operation is now launched by the PNP and 36IB, PA and 2 MG Choppers of 402nd brigade, 4ID, PA. Second Maneuver Company, RPSB 13 led by PSINSP DARWIN O ABAINZA, SDS Provincial Public Safety Maneuver Company led by PCI DOMINADOR A PLAZA and 36th IB, PA .
Fully armed lawless elements been continuously using inhumane and oppressive operations to instil fear on helpless Filipinos and keep on victimizing policemen and military men traumatizing children after witnessing terroristic and violent scenes.
PO3 Rosarita C Palgue
Approved for release:
PSUPT MARTIN M GAMBA
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Ambushed Photo credit “Icegurl Kim“