NPA attacks Agusan del Norte governor's convoy
DAVAO CITY, Philippines – Suspected communist rebels opened fire on the convoy of Agusan del Norte Governor Maria Angelica Amante-Matba in Nasipit town on Thursday, March 27, wounding one of her police escorts.
Captain Joe Patrick Martinez, public affairs deputy chief of the military's 4th Infantry Division, said that Matba was immediately evacuated to a safer place.
Martinez said the convoy was going to Barangay Camagong for the formal turnover of a school when it was fired upon by alleged members of the New People's Army (NPA) at around 11:20 am.
"The escorting police and soldiers were able to immediately respond and fire back and successfully pushed back the enemy," Martinez said.
The wounded cop was brought to a hospital in Butuan City and is now stable, Martinez said.
Government forces are now conducting pursuit operations against the suspects.
The NPA, which is involved in the longest-running armed communist movement in Southeast Asia, is set to celebrate its 46th anniversary on March 29. – Rappler.com