NPA rebels attack Cantilan police station
by Anthony S. Arreo
CANTILAN, SURIGAO DEL SUR (September 27) -- More than 150 NPA rebels wearing military and police uniforms young and adults (men and women, even a ten year-old boy carrying a handgun) attacked the local police station here at around 12:30 pm last Sunday, September 23.
The rebels armed with high-powered firearms, numbering about 40 arrived in front of the Police Station boarding a white Toyota passenger van and an Elf truck forwarder with tent, quickly disembarked one after the other and sprayed bullets at the police station hitting instantly two police officers on duty namely: SPO2 Quirino Liquido, Jr. who was hit on the right elbow, and PO2 Aldrin Estrada who was seriously hit at the back.
Once inside the station, the rebels ransacked the armory and ran away with scores of firearms and ammunition including the two-way communication radio. 14 armalites, one 9mm and one.38 caliber pistol including three confiscated homemade shotgun kept as exhibits for a criminal case. The police station was in complete disarray after the NPA raid leaving damages on properties such as office tables and chairs, computer, TV, refrigerator, and others.
The rest of the 150 NPA rebels served as blocking force in Malitangtang Bridge located at Sitio Toyake, Brgy. Parang, Cantilan, Surigao del Sur and another blocking force at the junction of Sitio Bacolod, Brgy. Tabon-tabon along national highway going Carrascal, Surigao del Sur.
The local chief of police of this station, PS1 Mario Balan was still on his way back to Cantilan from Tandag on board a Bachelor Express bus when informed by one of his men of the attack.
The local PNP Station of this municipality is manned by 26 police personnel of which six police officers were scheduled on duty at the time of the raid.
Aside from the Toyota passenger van and Elf truck forwarder, the NPA rebels also hired another Elf truck forwarder as their means of transportation during the raid. The drivers of the said transport vehicles who came from different places in Carmen, Mabuhay, and Sison, Surigao del Norte reported immediately to the police authorities here upon their return after transporting the rebels on their way out somewhere in Brgy. Babuyan, Carrascal, Surigao del Sur and manifested that they were all hired and paid by two young ladies to transport them in different places unknowing they were rebels. (CDIO-Cantillan/PIA-Surigao del Sur) [top]