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NPA rebels ambush cop trainees; 1 killed, 9 hurt

A policeman was killed and nine others were injured after about 20 communist guerrillas ambushed them while while they were jogging in Tadian, Mountain Province, around 5:45 a.m. on Friday, officials said. Senior Supt. Oliver Alilis Emmodias, head of the Regional Operations and Plans Division of the Cordillera Regional Police Office, said 10 police trainees also went missing, but they surfaced later in the afternoon saying they hid themselves after the attack. Chief Supt. Benjamin Magalong, head of the Police Regional Office in the Cordilleras, condemned the attack. “We strongly condemn this inhuman and desperate act of the rebels considering that they are now targeting helpless and unarmed law enforcers who were simply doing their regular athletic routine,” Magalong said. He said the victims were among some 120 police non-commissioned officers, including 79 women, who were undergoing the mandatory 45-day Special Counter-insurgency Operation Unit Training in the province before being deployed. As a result of the latest guerrilla attack, Magalong ordered all police operating units to be always on alert. Vice President Jejomar Binay also condemned the attack. “I strongly condemn this treacherous attack,” he said. The victims were not armed and were jogging. Most importantly, they were just trainees. Those behind this attack should be brought to justice.” Communist guerrillas also killed eight elite police personnel in Allacapan, Cagayan, in an ambush this year. They also ambushed and killed a policeman and eight civilians in La Castellana, Negros Oriental in January. The communist rebels have been ambushing policemen and soldiers across the country after the lifting of the holiday truce in January. Meanwhile, police on Friday arrested a couple in their house in Marikina City that they said were both members of the Communist Party of the Philippines. They were Juan Paolo Rodrigo Versoza alias Egay’Kokoy and his wife Grace Abarrtigue.  With Dexter A. See and Francisco Tuyay 
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