2 HPG personnel killed in Cotabato ambush

By Lerio Bompat, ABS-CBN News Central Mindanao

Posted at Aug 30 2012 01:06 PM | Updated as of Aug 30 2012 09:07 PM

COTABATO CITY, Philippines - Two Philippine National Police - Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG) personnel died in an ambush in Makilala, North Cotabato on Thursday morning, a police official said.

Senior Inspector Joyce Birri, Makilala Police Station commander, said a group of alleged New People's Army (NPA) rebels on board a vehicle strafed a checkpoint manned by HPG personnel along a national highway in Sitio Patulangon, Barangay Malasila at around 9:20 a.m.

The fatalities were identified as PO3 Sumugat and PO1 Pablo.

Three other personnel were injured and rushed to a hospital in Kidapawan.

HPG personnel are tasked to look out for stolen or unregistered vehicles. – report from Edwin Sevidal, dzMM