Gen. Guillermo Lorenzo Eleazar, chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP), ordered on Wednesday, July 28, an all-out operation against the communist rebels who ambushed a convoy of policemen and health workers in Samar who were supposed to get coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccines for the residents of Calbayog City.
At the same time, Eleazar also tasked the Eastern Visayas regional police to begin a case build-up against the communist rebels.
“To condemn this another attack is not enough dahil hindi na tinatablan ng hiya at masasakit na salita ang mga taong ito. (These people are already immune to shame and harsh words) What is needed is a decisive action to stop them from doing the same kind of terrorism activities,” said Eleazar.
On Tuesday afternoon, a group of communist rebels repeatedly fire at the vehicles boarding Calbayog City policemen and personnel of the Calbayog City Health Office in Barangay Lale, Pinabacdao, Samar.
They were supposed to get COVID-19 vaccines at the regional office of the Department of Health Tacloban City.
After an initial burst of gunfire, an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) was used by the unidentified communist rebels.
“Fortunately, the Calbayog City police personnel were able to protect themselves and the health workers from the attackers. No one was reported hurt during the incident,” said Eleazar.
The Chief PNP said that what the rebels did was a direct attack on the people of Calbayog City as it was an attempt to prevent them from getting vaccines.
Eleazar said the attack carried out by the communist rebels is another proof of total disregard on the life of civilians, citing the case of college football player Keith Absalon and his uncle Nolven Absalon who died in NPA ambush in Masbate City and watchman Eldrin Daraman who was killed when the NPA attacked a construction site in Surigao del Sur both last month.