PROCOR CAMP BADO DANGWA: In the hinterland of the municipality of Malibcong, the Malibcong Municipal Police Station (MPS) was attacked by members of the New People's Army sparking a 10-minute exchange of fire at 7:30 PM Sunday, March 12, 2017.
The police station of Malibcong MPS is an abandoned house of Municipal Mayor Bacuyag which was used as a temporary base of Malibcong MPS was quickly attacked by armed men of more or less 30 members of NPAs under KLG North Abra led by A.K.A. Payas.
During the firefight with the enemies, the village elders and the community intervened and begged to the policemen for a ceasefire to avoid crossfire and collateral damage from the populace. However, the rebels took advantage of the outnumbered policemen on duty and they were able to cart away their firearms including the firearms of personnel who are on off duty. Inventory shows that 7 long firearms, 3 short firearms, assorted ammunitions and assorted personal and office gadgets were taken by the rebels. No policeman was hurt during the incident.
Immediately, the AFP/PNP troops conducted joint pursuit operations and mobilized all detachments and patrol base. Checkpoints and blocking force were also conducted in the boundary of Lacub and Malibcong, Abra. Likewise, continuous investigation and intensified information gathering is on-going to determine the identities of the assailants for their possible arrest and neutralization.
Just recently, five members of the Provincial Public Safety Company (PPSC) were wounded in action after one platoon of the PPSC led by PSSUPT Alexander Tagum, Abra Provincial Director together with the Company Commander PSUPT Allen Bauding were ambushed at Malibcong Malanas bridge, Brgy Poblacion, Malibcong, Abra at 11:00 AM of this day while on their way to Malibcong MPS for reinforcement.
The troops were trapped by an alleged Improvised Explosive Devise (IED) explosion followed by burst of fire that led to the wounding of the policemen identified as PO2 Jessie Pastores Trinidad, PO1 Marlon Banigan De Lapaz, PO1 Gerome Pacapac Baldos, PO1 Von Harold Layao and PO1 Kennon Batanes Sanggoy. All were brought to Abra Provincial Hospital for medical treatment.
The Police Regional Office Cordillera (PRO-COR) condemns the harassment perpetrated by the members of the NPA against the PNP Base in Malibcong, Abra. The systematic harassment of rebels to the PNP have no place, nor do we tolerate the acts of this rebels.
Regional Director, Police Chief Superintendent Elmo Francis Oco Sarona, ordered the creation of the Special Investigation Task Group (SITG) headed by the Deputy Regional Director for Administration (DRDA) PSSUPT Gregorio N Lim to conduct investigation and shed light to determine the liabilities on the part of the PNP members.
He reminded all personnel to be alert at all times on the actions being perpetrated by lawless elements to prevent similar incident. He likewise ordered all chiefs of police to intensify their crime prevention efforts and strengthen security of PNP personnel in their areas of responsibility and to further step up their anti-criminality strategies.
Furthermore, he urged all PNP personnel to carry on the Bayanihan efforts in their respective areas so that peace and development will continue and the people in the communities will be protected.
The public is further encouraged to join hands with the authorities to provide relevant and timely information on similar incidents through social media and nearest police station. (PROCOR RPIO)