Iloilo police chief relieved after rebel attack

Image capture from RMN video via You Tube

MANILA, Philippines  –  Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald ‘Bato’ Dela Rosa has ordered the relief of Iloilo police provincial director Senior Supt. Harold Tuzon on Monday; a day after members of New People’s Army (NPA) raided the Maasin police station.

Tuzon was replaced by Senior Supt. Christopher Tambungan, deputy regional director for operations, as OIC.

The entire 23-member police force of Maasin were also relieved and will undergo debriefing to determine if they will be held liable for administrative charges.

On Sunday, around 50 NPA rebels raided the Maasin police station; taking several firearms with them as they fled towards the Alimodian town.

The five policemen on duty were reportedly caught by surprise by the lightning raid. They were allegedly handcuffed and held at gunpoint, according to the Iloilo regional police office, but were not hurt.

The rebels were onboard a dump truck and took the police vehicle as they made their escape towards the mountain.

A total of 15 firearms were taken – 11 M-16 rifles and four hand guns – by the NPA. The raid took only about 15 minutes.

Investigation is ongoing.

Actual video of the attack via RMN: