From GMA News (Jun 29): Palace rejects NPA 'excuse' for killing police trainee
Malacañang on Saturday rejected what it called the “excuse” of the communist New People’s Army for the ambush that killed at least one police trainee and wounded several others in Mountain Province Friday.
Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte also said the Philippine National Police has adopted the needed precautions to avoid a repeat of the incident.
“The fact remains they were unarmed, they were jogging, and they were attacked. Ang excuse sabihin nila sa pamilya ng kanilang pinatay," she said on government-run dzRB radio.
Before dawn Friday, NPAs opened fire on police trainees who were jogging in Barangay Kabunagan in Tadian town in Mountain Province.
Cordillera police spokesman Senior Superintendent Dave Limmong said a contingent force has been deployed to the area to seal off possible escape routes.
In a statement, NPA Mountain Province Provincial Operations Command (Leonardo Pacsi Command) spokesman Magno Udyaw insisted the “PNP troopers were fully armed.”
Udyaw claimed the ambushed PNP troops belonged to the 2nd Company of the Regional Public Safety Battalion, which the NPA claimed is a “special unit of the PNP presently trained to focus in counter-insurgency and urban warfare tactics.”
Meanwhile, Valte said the PNP has already warned its units to adopt the proper precautions especially when moving as a group in the area.
“The PNP in the area has warned its units to take precautions especially when moving as a group,” she said.