4 police wounded in Misamis after NPA attacks station – authorities

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(CNN Philippines, December 3) —  Four policemen were wounded after around 60 to 100 suspected rebels attacked the police station in Binuangan, Misamis Oriental early Sunday, police said.

According to Police Regional Office (PRO) 10, a three-hour firefight ensued between members of the New People's Army (NPA) and the police after the rebel group attacked around 3 a.m.

Chief of Police Senior Inspector Dante Hallazgo, Senior Police Officer 1 Ramonito Zambas, Police Officer 3 Alberto Bernadas, and PO1 Joshua Satur sustained shrapnel wounds from a M203 rifle grenade, allegedly from the NPA.

The armed rebels withdrew and headed toward Barangay Kitamban, the police added.

Capt. Joe Patrick Martinez, spokesperson of the Armed Forces' 4th Infantry Division (ID), condemned the "failed terror attack." 

"We have already anticipated that after the breakdown of peace talks... there will be attacks from the terrorists and armed encounters are expected," Martinez said.

He added troops of the 58th Infantry Battalion and the police are in pursuit of the terrorists, and that they have alerted all units.

On Wednesday, President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the police and military to shoot armed members of the group.

It followed Duterte's Proclamation No. 360, terminating peace negotiations with the rebels.

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The President said an executive order is in the works to formalize the declaration of communist rebels as terrorists.

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The Armed Forces estimates around 3,800 NPA fighters in the country. The NPA is the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines that has waged a 48-year-old insurgency, the longest-running in Asia.