Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Dir. Gen. Oscar Albayalde has relieved the whole Lapinig Municipal Police in Northern Samar, including their chief of police Insp. Noli Montebon, after their police station was attacked by the New People’s Army (NPA) on Friday morning.
The order from Albayalde came amidst the ongoing investigation regarding the incident in which alleged 100 NPA members attacked the town hall and the police precinct at 2:00AM.
Two on-duty policemen, PO1 Edison Aguirre and PO2 Gerry Quilicol were wounded during the gunfight with the alleged leftist rebels.
The injured police were bought to the Gamay District Hospital, while the alleged NPA members seized 13 high-caliber firearms, cellphones, laptops, and cash from the police station.
Also relieved from their posts were 2nd Northern Samar provincial mobile force company commander C/Insp. Juan Bryan Leogo, and Northern Samar PNP provincial director S/Supt. Romeo Campomanes.
The PNP oversight committee has also decided to remove C/Supt. Mariel Magaway as director of the Eastern Visayas Regional Police Office, while C/Supt Dionardo Carlos of the Aviation Security Group is appointed as officer in charge.