Palace vows justice over ambush on FDA chief, cops


Posted at Oct 21 2018 02:21 PM

MANILA - Malacañang on Sunday promised that justice will be served for 3 policemen who died in an ambush on the convoy of Food and Drug Administration director Nela Charade Puno in Camarines Sur.

Puno's group was on the way to Daet, Camarines Norte when unidentified gunmen fired at them last Friday. The FDA official was not hurt, but 3 policemen in her security detail were killed while 3 other officers were injured.

"We strongly denounce the ambush," Presidential Spokesperson and Chief Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo said in a statement.

"Investigation is now underway and we will ensure that the perpetrators of this unjustifiable act are brought to justice," he added.

Puno has been advised by authorities to defer attending the wake of the slain officers, said Panelo.

He commended the policemen who were killed in the line of duty and extended Malacañang's condolences to their loved ones. He also wished for the speedy recovery of the slain officers.

The Norben Gruta Command of the New People's Army has claimed responsibility for the attack.

National police chief Director General Oscar Albayalde had said a failure of intelligence may have led to the fatal ambush.