Blast-ambush kills cop, injures 11 others in North Cotabato
MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – A cop died and two of his colleagues were wounded on Monday, January 28, after their team was ambushed in Magpet town in North Cotabato.
According to a police report, two police vehicles were mobile along Purok 4, Kabisig, Poblacion in Magpet when two improvised explosive devices (IEDs) went off. Armed men then exchanged fire with the policemen before pulling out.
The encounter left the driver of one of the cars, Police Officer I (PO1) Christopher Anadon, with a fatal head wound. He was declared dead at 9:58 pm on Monday.
Meanwhile, the police reported the following as wounded:
- SPO1 Michael Mariano Escano
- SPO1 Wilfred Castanares Perocho
- PO2 Dennis Manalo Dorado
- PO2 Marinerl Pastores
- PO1 Stephenson Batoon Parreño
- PO1 Eliezer Langcuban
- PO1 Darrell Ferolino
- PO1 Phil Jan Ray Canarejo
- PO1 Franz Deo Lechago
- PO1 Mark Vincent Capilitan
- PO1 Ian Francis Duremdes Seniel
Police announced Tuesday, January 29, that Capilitan remains confined at the Kidapawan Doctors Hospital. Parreno, meanwhile is already in stable condition.
The state of the other policemen has not yet been reported.
Police suspect the communist New People's Army to be behind the attack, specifically the men of a certain Commander Alon. – Rappler.com