Malacañang condemns attack on PSG convoy in Cotabato

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 19 2017 03:37 PM

MANILA- Malacañang on Wednesday condemned the attack on a convoy of the Presidential Security Group (PSG) in Arakan town, Cotabato.

"We strongly condemn the latest incident involving the New People’s Army (NPA) with the members of the Presidential Security Group (PSG) in Arakan, Cotabato, which resulted in the injury of four (4) PSG personnel," Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella said in a statement.

Ten PSG members were traveling to Cagayan de Oro City on board 2 vehicles when they encountered the suspected rebels who set up a checkpoint in the boundary of Arakan and Davao City. 

Around 50 gunmen who were reportedly wearing military uniforms ambushed the convoy and shot dead a member of the Citizen Armed Force Geographical Unit, identified as Benjamin Pandia. 

Abella added that the Palace already extended assistance to the wounded PSG personnel.

Prior to the ambush, President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday night told the government peace panel negotiating with communist rebels that formal talks between the two sides would not resume until the NPA stops its attacks on government forces.

Abella however refused to comment as to whether the recent Cotabato attack would affect the peace talks with communist rebels.

"On whether this would have any effect on the peace talks, let us wait for the President’s advice and directive on the matter," he said.