Four police intelligence operatives died in an ambush by suspected New People’s Army (NPA) rebels in Sitio Yamot, Barangay Mabato in Ayungon town in Negros Oriental yesterday afternoon.
Killed were identified as Corporal Relebert Beronio, Patrolman Raffy Callao, Patrolman Ruel Cabellon, and Patrolman Marquino De Leon, all members of the 704 Mobile Force Company of the Regional Mobile Force Battalion (RMFB)-7.
The slain intel cops’ firearms and motorcycles were reportedly carted away by suspected rebels.
According to Negros Oriental Provincial Police Office (NORPPO) Director, Police Col. Raul Tacaca, it was around 2:30 in the afternoon when the four intel men of the Nabingka Post of the Regional Mobile Force, riding on their motorcycles, were fired upon by unidentified suspects who were initially believed to be NPA hitmen.
Radio reports last night revealed that their bodies were brought to Bindoy District Hospital.
(Arman Toga, NDB)