By AARON RECUENCO
Philippines – Two policemen were ambushed by suspected Communists rebels while on their way to secure confiscated logs in Butuan City Monday, according to the CARAGA regional police.
Police Officer 2 Adones Dumaboc died while PO2 Sergio Sergio Salagoste was injured.
Senior Superintendent Mario Soriano, acting CARAGA regional director, said the rebels also took the two M16 rifles of the victims.
Soriano said the two cops were supposed to augment a small group of policemen who confiscated illegally-cut logs at Esperanza Veneer Corporation when they were waylaid at around 10 a.m. in Barangay Bit-os in Butuan City.
“The attackers used landmines as revealed by the recovered explosive materials in the area,“ said Soriano.
After the blast, the official said the rebels also fired at the policemen who were on board a motorcycle when the incident occurred.
“Our investigators recovered more or less 100 pieces of empty shells from the different caliber of firearms,“ he said.
The Philippine National Police (PNP) learlier intensified the antiillegal logging activities in CARAGA region following the onslaught of tropical storm “Ondoy“ last year that left more than 1,000 dead.
The regional director of CARAGA region was relieved last week for failure to stop illegal logging activities as well as eight police commanders in June this year.
Both the police and the military have accused local communist rebels of protecting illegal logging activities in CARAGA and nearby provinces.