By Marie Tonette Grace Marticio
LAPINIG, Northern Samar – More or less 50 armed men believed to be members of the New People’s Army (NPA) attacked and overran the Municipal Police Station early morning on Friday.
According to Northern Samar Police Provincial Office (NSPPO) the reds led by a certain Marmar on board two elf dump trucks and motorcycles were armed with Uzis, M14s, M16s, M203s and K3 submachine guns
They engaged in a 30-minute firefight with seven PNP personnel who were on duty during the attack, which resulted to the wounding of PO2 Gerry Quilecol and PO1 Edison Aguirre.
They also carted away 10 M16, 2 glock and 1 barreta pistols, 1 laptop and 1 USB flash disk owned by their Chief Pins. Noli Montibon, and escaped towards the direction of Arteche, Eastern Samar.
Meanwhile, P/Insp. Noli Montibon, PO2 Mark Mejedo and others who were reported missing earlier were all accounted for at around 6 A.M.
PSupt. Bella Rentuaya, PRO8 Information officer said proper investigation of the incident is now being conducted for possible identification of the suspects and in order to determine the exact items recovered by the enemy.
“Hot pursuit operation is ongoing by the Regional Moblie Force Battalion (RMFB) and Provincial Mobile Force Company (PMFC) in coordination with the army counterparts in the area. We also alerted all police stations to continuously conduct target hardening measures and establish checkpoints in all entrance and exit in their respective areas of responsibility,” she added.
Lapinig is a coastal town and is at the boundary of Northern and Eastern Samar with 15 barangays.