AT LEAST three police officers were wounded in an ambush allegedly staged by members of the New People’s Army (NPA) in Sibalom, Antique Wednesday, November 22.

An inital report by the Antique police said elements of Sibalom Municipal Police Station were on board two police cars in Barangay Bontol, Sibalom when an improvised explosive device allegedly planted by the communist rebels exploded at around 9:25 a.m. Wednesday.

Police officer 3 Gabby Orantes was injured in the explosion while Police Officers 3 Michael Alejo and Salvador Cordero were wounded during the encounter that ensued after the police forces pursued the suspects.

A gunfight was ongoing as of 2:30 p.m. Wednesday. (SunStar Philippines)