By Argyll Cyrus Geducos
Four members of the Presidential Security Group (PSG) were injured following a firefight with suspected members of the New People’s Army (NPA) in North Cotabato early Wednesday morning.
According to PSG spokesperson Lt. Col. Mike Aquino, a PSG convoy composed of two vehicles was headed for Cagayan de Oro from Panacan, Davao City, when the PSG noticed more than 50 armed men, donned in military uniform of Task Force Davao, manning a checkpoint in Arakan.
“Yung isang vehicle bahagyang bumagal ang takbo for the checkpoint, ‘yung kasunod na vehicle nakapuna na parang hindi lehitimong military checkpoint ‘yun, kaya doon na nagkabakbakan,” Aquino said.
According to Aquino, the two vehicles were transporting a total of 10 PSG members.
PSG commander Col. Louie Dagoy they are yet to determine whether the four PSG members sustained serious or critical injuries but they were treated in a hospital in Buda and then evacuated to Cagayan de Oro.
Aquino earlier described the PSG convoy’s travel to Cagayan de Oro as “normal administrative movement for coordination.”
A police report revealed that the number of armed men manning the checkpoint at around 100. It also disclosed that the armed men were NPA members.