THE Police Regional Office (PRO)-Western Visayas considered the ambush staged by alleged New People’s Army (NPA) against policemen in Antique as an act of terrorism.
On November 22, three police officers were wounded in an ambush after an improvised explosive device allegedly planted by the communist rebels exploded in Sibalom town.
Police Officer 3 Gabby Orantes was injured in the explosion while Police Officers 3 Michael Alejo and Salvador Cordero were injured during the encounter.
On Thursday, Chief Superintendent Cesar Binag, director of PRO-6 visited the wounded police officers at a hospital.
Superintendent Gilbert Gorero, spokesperson of PRO-6, said in a press statement on Friday that the rebel group is bent on disrupting and preventing the peace and development efforts in the province.
“Their act marred the tranquility which the province was experiencing and enjoying for years,” Gorero added.
The PRO-Western Visayas also considered the harassment of the rebels at a detachment camp of the Civilian Armed Forces Geographical Unit (Cafgu) in Barangay Bulalacao as another act of terrorism.
Gorero said the community should know that this armed group remains to be a threat to peace and development of the entire region.
The PRO urged the public to report any presence of the group and all their extortion activities to the police and military to help ensure the preservation of the gains from the efforts to sustain lasting peace and development.
The PRO and the Philippine Army are at all times ready to defend the Constitution from terroristic acts and preserve peace and order, it added.
Policemen in Bacolod City and Negros Occidental also condemned the violence perpetrated by the rebel group against their colleagues in Antique.