Cops in hot pursuit of rebel groups in Northern Samar attack

(Photo from PRO-Eastern Visayas)
(Photo from PRO-Eastern Visayas)

AUTHORITIES have launched a hot pursuit operation against suspected communist rebel groups behind the landmine attack that killed one police officer and wounded five other troops in Las Navas, Northern Samar Monday, April 4, 2022.

Brigadier General Bernard Banac, director of the Police Regional Office in Eastern Visayas, said charges would be filed against those responsible for killing Patrolman Harvie Lovino Jr. of the 1st Northern Samar Provincial Mobile Force Company.

“We call upon the Commission on Human Rights to look into this treacherous attack of the terrorist group. The use of anti-personnel mine clearly defies and violates the objectives of the International Human Rights Law in general,” Banac added.

Meanwhile, the police regional command said they had assisted the family of the slain policeman and the injured personnel.

“We give our snappiest salute to Patrolman Harvie Lovino Jr. and the wounded personnel for the bravery and selfless act of heroism they had shown in the name of service,” said Banac.

Initial investigation disclosed that Lovino, along with five other members of the Composite Retooled Community Support Program team, was hit by the landmine attack while heading to Barangay Osang in Catubig, Northern Samar.

The injured personnel were identified as Patrolman Rico Borja, Patrolman Leandro Luciano Bulosan, Army Corporal Arvin Papong, Private First Class Whilydel Jic Rodona, and Private First Class Wilmer Del Monte. (SunStar Philippines)

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