MANILA-- The Philippine National Police (PNP) termed as an unfortunate incident the ambush-slay of four policemen allegedly perpetrated by the New People's Army (NPA) in Davao del Sur on Wednesday morning.
"Unfortunately, nangyari po ito (It's unfortunate that it happened). We have our policemen killed in ambush perpetrated by the NPA in Barangay Sibayan, Bansalan Davao del Sur. Natambangan (ang) mga pulis na nasa patrol car 7:40 this morning. We're now looking at the progress report," he said.
"Nakakalungkot na bakit kailangan ambushin ang mga ito (It's saddening why they were ambushed). I will wait for the latest report coming from NOC (National Operations Center)," he added.
The four slain PNP members of Davao del Sur were later identified as PO1 Rholly Benelayo, PO1 Joey Narvaza, PO1 Saro Mangotara and a SOCO (Scene of the Crime Operation) member identified as PO3 Jayden May Rabor.
The PNP team was dispatched to conduct investigation on a shooting incident which happened in Barangay Sibayan, Bansalan, Davao del Sur and upon arrival in the area, they were ambushed by armed assailants.
"This is a long time lesson learned re-deception of NPAs," the PNP said in a statement on Wednesday.
Carlos said that when peace talks bogged down, there had been "harassment, so we took necessary defensive action to prevent any assault in our police stations so if the true intention is peace, they (NPAs) should not ambush those who are serving in our government."
Source: Philippines News Agency