May 20, 2024

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2 cops dead, 3 more abducted in Catanduanes firefight

Two policemen were reported dead, and three more cops believed abducted by armed men after an encounter in a remote village of San Miguel, Catanduanes.

An initial report said the policemen were out to serve a warrant of arrest Tuesday morning, 10 AM at Barangay J.M. Alberto, Sitio Tucao in San Miguel.

Report said the dead policemen were loaded on a motorcycle toward the village.

Bicol PNP has not made public additional details.

San Miguel Mayor Francis Camano Jr confirmed the incident, reportedly saying 4 town policemen joined by 3 more policemen from PNP provincial intelligence unit encountered the armed group, believed to be New People’s Army (NPA) rebels.

There was still no official confirmation about actual casualties.

The encounter site, Sitio Tucao , known as a rebel- infested area, is about 17 kilometers from the town proper.