MANILA- Five policemen were killed while 3 others were wounded in the city of Guihulngan, Negros Oriental Friday in an ambush by suspected communist rebels, the latest in a string of attacks that has stalled peace negotiations between government and the Left.
Col. Elizier Losanes, commander of the Philippine Army's 303rd Infantry Brigade, said a Sangguniang Bayan member was attacked by suspected New People's Army (NPA) rebels at Sitio Magtiid, Barangay Magsaysay in Guihulngan.
A firefight ensued between the guerrillas and responding police officers, the Army said in a report.
The gun battle left five police officers dead, including Guihulngan police chief Supt. Arnel Arpon.
The three injured troops were identified as SPO2 Jury Maribao, PO3 Jordan Balderas, SPO4 Jerome Delara.
They were immediately brought to Silliman University Medical Center.
Video courtesy of Aiza Marrie Layague, ABS-CBN News
In the wake of successive rebel attacks, President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday said he no longer wanted to talk with communist rebels.
Last Wednesday, a militiaman was killed while 4 officers of the Presidential Security Group (PSG) were wounded in an NPA ambush in Arakan, North Cotobato.
NPA rebels in Palawan province also gunned down 2 members of the Philippine Marines Wednesday and bombed a military truck the day before. --With a report from Aiza Marrie Layague, ABS-CBN News