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Policeman, civilian killed, 5 others wounded in NPA attack in Camarines Sur

by RC Embile

Legazpi City (7 December) -- A police officer and a civilian bystander were killed early Monday morning in a daring daylight attack by New People's Army (NPA) guerillas on a police-civilian action center in Sitio Crossing, Barangay San Miguel, Bato town in Camarines Sur.

Three other policemen and another civilian bystander sustained injuries.

Police Senior Sup't. Romeo Mapalo, Camarines Sur PNP provincial director, in his report to the Bicol police regional office at Camp Gen. Simeon Ola here, identified the fatalities as SPO3 Elmer P. Cangayo and Junio Bucal, Jr.

Cangayo was the team leader of a police squad manning said police-civilian action center during the raid.

Civilian casualty Bucad, a tricycle driver, was waiting for a fare in the crowded road crossing leading to Bato town proper.

Wounded were PO3 Roberto Casili, Jr., PO3 Willie Martirez, PO3 Nestor Intia and civilian bystander Arnel Sayritan. All four were immediately brought to the Our Lady of Mediatrix General Hospital in Iriga City for emergency treatment.

The fifth casualty sustaining shrapnel wound at left of her body was identified as Marilu Pili.

Pili was riding a Coaster van heading for Manila with ten others including Ligao City (Albay) mayor Linda Gonzalez, wife of Albay Gov. Fernando Gonzalez.

Mayor Gonzalez and her group consists of officers and members of the Ligao City Women's Club were on their way to Manila to receive an award from the Women's Club of the Philippines.

Mapalo said the leftist gunmen fled the scene after a 20-minute firefight in two commandered vehicles - a mini truck and a Hyundai closed van, heading towards Barangay Masoli in Bato town.

Authorities later recovered the Hyundai van abandoned in Barangay Salvacion in Iriga City.

SOCO team from the Camarines Sur police provincial office found an unexploded fragmentation grenade inside the heavily damaged police outpost, near the body of slain policeman Cangayo.

Mapalo said that of the three bombs lobbed by the NPA guerillas inside the outpost only two exploded which immediately killed the two victims and wounded four others.

Mapalo placed all police personnel in the province into a heightened alert following similar attacks earlier on a military outpost killing one Cafgu volunteer in Albay province and the killing by an NPA death squad of a police intelligence officer while on his way to a bomb disposal mission in Naga City. (PIA) [top]

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