Pursuit operation is ongoing for the suspects behind the brutal killing of four police intelligence officers in Ayungon, Negros Oriental.
Central Commander of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Lieutenant General Noel Clement said the suspects, believed to be members of the New People’s Army (NPA), had transferred to Negros Occidental.
Suspected NPA insurgents attack the four police officers. They have been recognized as Police Corporal Relebert Beronio, Patrolman Raffy Callao, Patrolman Ruel Cabellon, and Patrolman Marquino de Leon.
Central Visayas police chief Brigadier General Debold Sinas earlier said the policemen were allegedly dragged, hogtied and buttstroked by at least 30 armed men. He outlined the killing as summary executions.
The army official condemned the event, stating that the communist rebels who surrendered to the government are being handled as humanely as possible.
Clement promised that safety forces would retaliate within the boundaries of law so that justice would be served for the victims.
President Rodrigo Duterte has provided a P1-million reward for capturing the suspects. He came to the wake on Saturday in Sibulan, Negros Oriental, Duterte granted the Lapu-Lapu Order, Rank of Kalasag, posthumously to the police officers.