BJMP did not coordinate with military prior to NPA ambush

THE EASTERN Mindanao Command said the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology did not coordinate with soldiers when they were ambushed by rebels in Surigao del Sur on Monday morning.

Lt. Gen. Aurelio Baladad, EastminCom head, said during the AFP-PNP press conference yesterday, the hot pursuit operation is still ongoing since the two jail officers are still held by the New People’s Army.

“We are still conducting pursuit operations so that the two officers will be freed,” Baladad said.

Three jail officers and an inmate were wounded while two other jail officers and another inmate were abducted NPA rebels attacked a vehicle by the BJMP of Tandag along the National Highway in Surigao del Sur yesterday morning.

Based on the report submitted by Supt. Antonio Rivera, spokesperson of Police Regional Office XI, the officers were coming from Tandag City going to Lianga in Surigao del Sur when they were ambushed in Barangay Amontay, Marihatag at 7:45 a.m.

The law enforcers were able to exchange fire with the rebels that resulted to the wounding of Jail Officer 1 Denbert Balan, JO3 Alfredo E. Galindo, JO1 Roger L. Sarpeda and an inmate identified as Robert L. Rivas.

The wounded were immediately brought to Marihatag District Hospital and later transferred to Adela Serra Ty Memorial Medical Center in Tandag City for treatment.

Rivera said two jail officers, who are not yet named, and inmate Jojean Alameda were said to be abducted by the armed group.

Surigao del Sur Provincial Police and adjacent municipal stations were directed to conduct checkpoints in coordination with the the military to possibly catch the escaping rebels even as they continue their pursuit operations.

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