A police officer was killed while another was wounded when armed men waylaid a police car in Bukidnon, the police said Monday.
Police Supt. Gervacio Balmaceda, spokesperson of the regional police command, identified the lone fatality as PO3 Gerardo Luceno.
The wounded, a certain PO1 Luzano, is now recuperating in a hospital in Bukidnon, Balmaceda said.
The armed men believed to be members of the New People’s Army (NPA) carted away two M-16 rifles and two Gloc 17 pistols, both issued to the police officers.
Balmaceda said that the suspects also took away the camouflage shirt and combat boots of Luceno.
An initial investigation disclosed that the police officers were on board a patrol car in responding to a call for assistance on the burning of a sugar cane plantation in the
in Pangantucan, Bukidnon over the weekend. village of Eden
Balmaceda said the patrol car hit a land mine (an improvised explosive device) planted along the way, which resulted in a firefight.
He said that Luceno was fatally hit while Luzano was wounded during the exchange of gunfire.
Balmaceda said that a combined police and military team has been dispatched to pursue the armed group that fled to the neighboring villages in Panngantucan.