Duterte gives medals to cops wounded in NPA ambush

Annie Fe Perez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 28 2017 11:14 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte honored the bravery of three policemen who were wounded during the ambush by suspected communist rebels in Negros Oriental last week. 

After visiting Guihulngan City on Thursday, Duterte proceeded to a private hospital to visit SPO4 Jerome Delara, PO3 Jordan Balderas, and PO2 Jorie Maribao.

Attending physician Dr. Carlito Go said the policemen are already in stable condition. One police officer sustained a wound in the nape, while another was shot in the legs.

They were wounded in an ambush by alleged New People's Army members last Friday. A total of six police officers were killed in the ambush. 

The President earlier gave at least P520,000 in financial and livelihood assistance to each of the bereaved families.

The President did not ask for the medical bulletin of the wounded policemen when he visited but instead gave them medals to honor their bravery. They were also given financial assistance.

After the quick visit, the President left for Davao City. Security was tight around the city and neighboring towns in Negros Oriental. People who still wanted to see the President up close stayed outside the hospital where they waited for more than four hours.