Six cops perish
in Sta. Rita, Samar skirmish
DPAO, 8ID PA
June 25, 2018
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan
City – Elements of the 1st Platoon, 805th Company, Regional
Mobile Force Battalion 8 of PNP and operating troops from 87th
Infantry (Hinirang) Battalion incidentally engaged in a firefight in
Sitio Lonoy, Barangay San Roque, Sta Rita, Samar around 09:20 this
morning that resulted to the untimely demise of six policemen.
Reports reaching this
headquarters said that one platoon minus led by 1Lt Casipit reported
that they encountered an armed group at vicinity Sitio Lonoy and the
firefight lasted for about 30 minutes. After the skirmishes, 1Lt
Casipit and his troops discovered that the unit involved in the
encounter belonged to the PNP unit under PCI Suspiñe who also
operated on the same location.
Aside from the six
fatalities there were nine (9) others Wounded In Action (WIA). There
was no casualty reported from 87IB. The wounded PNP personnel were
brought to the nearest hospital and dead bodies were recovered
jointly by the AFP and PNP.
“A joint, thorough and
impartial investigation is being conducted even as we assure the
public that your AFP and PNP is fully cooperating to shed light on
the incident” said MGen Raul M. Farnacio, Commander of 8ID who
directed his ground Commanders to make appropriate actions.
“The whole 8ID family
extend our condolences to the bereaved families of those who died in
the armed engagement. Rest assured that this unfortunate incident
will not hamper the working relation of your Army and PNP in the
region.” Farnacio added.