A GROUP of Cagayan policemen repulsed an attack by around 60 heavily-armed New People’s Army guerrillas in Gattaran municipality early morning Saturday inflicting several casualties on the side of the leftist gunmen as evidenced by blood trail found on the rebels’ withdrawal route, Police Regional Office 2 director, Brigadier General Crizaldo O. Nieves said yesterday.
The official commended member of the Cagayan Police Provincial Office and the Regional Mobile Force Battalion 2 who bravely engaged the rebels in a firefight despite being outnumbered in Sitio Salung, Barangay Mabuno in Gattaran municipality at 8:30 a.m. Saturday.
Nieves said the policemen went to the area at 7 a.m. Saturday to serve a warrant of arrest for murder issued by a Cagayan court against a local resident. However, they were attacked by the gunmen triggering a firefight.
He said that after withdrawing to a much better position, the policemen realized one of their fellows identified as Patrolman John Dale Garma of the Gattaran Municipal Police Station was left at the scene.
Nieves said the policemen returned to rescue Pat. Garma who was unharmed when recovered at 9 in the morning.
The official said reinforcement from the Cagayan PPO led by Colonel Ariel N. Quilang and the RMFB2 led by Col. Mario P. Malana conducted a hot pursuit operation which yielded negative result
However, the policemen who scoured the area found five motorcycles burned by the retreating guerrillas as well as one Intratec 9mm sub-machine pistol with a magazine containing two live ammunition, several M-16, caliber 30 and M-14 casings fired by the gunmen.
“SOCO personnel also found bloodstains at the site, bolstering the claim of Pat. Garma that he hit one NPA amazon during their exchange of fire,” said Nieves.