PNP probes NPA claim of attacking Samar cops

By Roel Amazona

March 18, 2019, 7:34 pm

TACLOBAN CITY -- The investigation on the ambush in Motiong town that killed a police officer is still ongoing even as the New People’s Army (NPA) had admitted that it was behind the attack.
Samar police provincial director Police Col. Dante Novicio said the rebel’s admission does not mean that they will already stop the investigation.
“We have to dig deeper since we need to know the reason and who ambushed our policemen. We cannot just believe on their claim because the investigators must look for more pieces of evidence for us to make our report more credible once we file charges in court,” said Novicio in an interview Monday. 
Police Staff Sergeant Glenn Meniano, a native of Jiabong, Samar, was driving a patrol car for Motiong police station on March 11, after fetching water from the nearby police station in Paranas town, when rebels detonated an anti-personnel mine along the national road in Motiong town.
His companion, Patrolwoman Jane Abejar, was hit by shrapnel but managed to escape the attack. The rebels also burned the car.
In a social media post by certain Roy Santos, he claimed that the red fighters of the Efren Martires Command of NPA-Eastern Visayas initiated the ambush.
“Although we also checked this kind of social media post, the PNP don’t just rely on it,” Novicio said.
“During the investigation, we look for witnesses who can give us proper information regarding the crime. They are more credible sources of information because they can identify the suspects,” he added.
The Samar police official added that prior to the ambush, police stations in Samar province had been fortified against possible attack by armed groups.
The PNP has extended assistance to the family of victims while the investigation is going on. (PNA)