Village chief Valiente Mangubat of Villa Innocencio in Placer town, Masbate, and 5 other companions were wounded when suspected rebels opened fire on him in Barangay Tubod, Placer, Masbate on August 17, 2021.
According to report by the Masbate Police Provincial Office, suspected NPAs suddenly opened fire on the group of barangay chief Valiente who were walking after attending a dinner.
The village chief returned fire, killing one of the suspects.
One (1) .45 caliber unit with serial number No.1015567 TM was recovered at the scene: COLTS M1911A1 US ARMY; one (1) bamboo magazine; and five (5) rounds of ammunition for said firearm.
PNP Bicol is still investigating to determine the identity of the deceased suspect.
Every angle is also looked at to determine the true motive of the ambush.