NPA treacherously harassed police station in Agusan Sur

Santa Josefa Municipal Police Station in Agusan del Sur was harrassed by more or less 40 New People's Army (NPA) on July 1, 2009. According to reports reaching Police Regional Office 13, the incident happened at 9:15 in the morning and lasted only for ten minutes as the NPAs fled immediately to evade the arrival of other members of the police station who were earlier dispatched to respond to the request for assistance of the Principal of Santa Josefa National High School.

Carted away are three M16 rifles, one M14 rifle and one 9mm pistol of the policemen who were left in the station. No one was reported injured, missing or dead.

The policemen inside the police station were caught surprised and were not able to retaliate since there are many civillians inside the ABC Building beside the police station where other offices are housed.

Deceptively, the NPAs poised as army troops wearing camouflage uniform, parked their vehicle in front of the station and rushed inside. They also timed their raid during office hours in utter disregard of the safety of the innocent civilians.

Government troops from Agusan del Sur Provincial Mobile Groups, the 14th Regional Mobile Group and the Philippine Army immedaitely reinforced the beleaguered station.
Blocking points were set and pursuit operations are ongoing.

Security of vital installations in the area was also heightened. P/Chief Superintendent Jaime Eloreta Milla, Caraga Regional Director has directed the conduct of an in-depth investigation to determine whether Police Inspector Elizer Pido, Santa Josefa Chief of Police and his men have incurred administrative or criminal liability under the circumstances. He also ordered all police units to be extra vigilant and intensify intelligence gathering. (PSSUPT Nestor Monton Fajura, PNP-13/ PIA-Caraga)

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