Police officer who was ambushed by NPA laid to rest


BANSALAN, Davao del Sur, March 9 (PNA) — One of the four police officers killed in an ambush in the remote Barangay Sibayan Wednesday morning was laid to rest.

PO1 Saro Mangotara, a member of the PNP Scout Class 107-2016 “Himagsik”, was immediately buried after pre-ritual burials following the Muslim tradition and customs.

Mangotara, along with PO1 Joey Narvaza and PO1 Rolly Benelayo, all of Bansalan Municipal Police Station and Scene of the Crime Operation investigator PO3 Jayden May Rabor, were ambushed by about 20 armed men believed to be members of the New People’s Army (NPA).

They sustained multiple gunshot wounds on their heads and bodies, causing their instant death.

PO3 Allen Arnado of SOCO-Digos City, luckily survived the attack and was immediately brought to undisclosed hospital.

Based on the report, the police team left at around 6:30 a.m. on board a patrol car for Sibayan, which is about 12 kilometers from Bansalan town proper to investigate a reported crime incident the night before.

A murder case was relayed to the police by Sibayan Barangay Captain Eddie Dicdican.

The route was initially cleared, prompting the police team to proceed to the area early morning. However, before reaching the crime site, armed men attacked the team. ”The NPA’s actions manifest their purpose to harass and take advantage to those people who are working and have real intentions of the serving the public,” Gaerlan said in a statement.

Gaerlan said the NPA have become bandits contrary to the ideologies being propagated by their groupo

Gaerlan said the PNP personnel in Bansalan, Davao del Sur were only responding to an incident together with the SOCO team to assist in the conduct of an investigation. (PNA)

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