TACLOBAN CITY (PIA) -- Police General Dionardo Bernardo Carlos, Philippine National Police (PNP) chief, visited Sunday at the Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center the four PNP-Special Action Force (SAF) members who were wounded during an encounter with an undetermined number of Communist Terrorist Group (CTG) members in Barangay Lonoy, Gamay Northern Samar on Saturday.
During his short visit, he conferred the Medalya ng Sugatang Magiting to the four wounded elite SAF commandos identified as Lt. Jay- Banganan, Patrolman Ruben Rigor Jr. and PSSG Cristobal Hen-Achan. He also gave financial aid as initial assistance to the wounded SAF officers while confined at the hospital.
While at the hospital, Carlos expressed his sadness of what had happened, he gave his assurance to his men that necessary assistance will be provided to the victims. He urged them to rest, and recover as the mission continues.
“Let us thank the Lord for keeping you alive. You rest well here and recover the soonest. The fight is not yet over. We’ll do our best so justice will be served to you and those who have died,” Carlos told the victims.
“Yung atin pong SAF commandos, they are here for a combat mission, for combat operations. Nakakalungkot na mayroon tayong dalawang kasama na nasawi ngunit the brighter side of it is..tuloy ang laban. Ang ating contribution dito sa ating fight against insurgency to end the local communist armed conflict tuloy-tuloy kasama natin ang Armed Forces of the Philippines….We have to protect the established government against insurgents and terrorist, “ Carlos said.
Following the incident, it was found that injuries of the wounded SAF troopers were due to shrapnel of an improvised explosive device allegedly detonated by the CTGs.
Two young SAF members also died in the armed encounter. (NBQ/CBA/PIA-8)