NPA rebels abduct Davao Oriental town police chief

Editha Z. Caduaya
NPA rebels abduct Davao Oriental town police chief
Chief Inspector Arnold Ongachen, police chief of Governor Generoso in Davao Oriental, is abducted as the rebels storm his police station

DAVAO CITY, Philippines – Around 70 members of the New People’s Army (NPA) attacked the police station of the municipality of Governor Generoso in Davao Oriental province on Sunday, May 29.

The communist rebels arrived at the police station around 7:45 pm and immediately opened fire.

Davao Oriental provincial director Senior Superintendent Harry Espela said Chief Inspector Arnold Ongachen led 14 police officers on duty when the rebels stormed the station.

Residents reported hearing heavy exchange of gunfire for about an hour. The police, however, eventually ran out of bullets.

After the firefight, the rebels abducted Ongachen and fled toward the eastern part of Barangay Sigaboy.

The attack also left PO3 Johnray Cinco wounded.

Philippine Army soldiers are pursuing the rebels. –

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