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