By Tara Yap
Iloilo City—The top cop of Western Visayas region has appealed to the New People’s Army (NPA) to stop attacking men in uniform.
“We ask members to cease in their evil acts,” said Chief Superintendent John Bulalacao, director of Police Regional Office (PRO-6).
This after Police Chief Inspector Abner Jordan, Police Officer 2 Rosenie Lebuna and Police Officer 1 Mark Ringo Fernando from the 1st Iloilo Mobile Company were injured when a landmine exploded in Leon town, Iloilo province last Friday.
The detonating of the improvised explosive device was allegedly the handiwork of the New People’s Army (NPA), which 20 of its rebels were waiting for the cops.
The cops led by were in Isian Victoria village for an anti-insurgency operation when they received information that NPA rebels are plotting an ambush. However, the NPA detonated a landmine and engaged in a 30-minute firefight before withdrawing.
Bulalacao said that the NPA detonating the landmine was in violation of the International Humanitarian Law as well as the Ottawa Treaty.
The August 24 incident was not the first attack of the NPA against members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Iloilo. Last year, the NPA raided the police station of Maasin town and disarmed cops who were on duty. Months later, the NPA also killed a cop during an encounter.