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PNP’s Gamboa orders cops to ‘go offensive’ after Samar encounter

Philippine National Police (PNP) officer-in-charge Police Lieutenant General Archie Francisco Gamboa on Wednesday directed police officials to launch intensified offensive measures against communist rebels.

"Continuous naman 'yung aming warning sa kanila to defend vital installations especially police stations but if possible, also go offensive," Gamboa said in an ambush interview in Camp Crame.

"Huwag na natin hintaying sila pumunta sa atin, tayo ang pumunta sa kanila para tingnan natin kung gaano sila kalakas," Gamboa added.

This came following the encounter between government troops and suspected New People's Army members in Borongan, Eastern Samar which left six soldiers dead and 20 others wounded.

Authorities said that prior to the encounter in Barangay Pinana-an, six improvised explosive device had exploded.

The military already vowed to provide assistance to the families of the casualties of the firefight.

Meanwhile, Gamboa said communist rebels were just launching attacks to show that they still have strong presence in the area.

"They would always want to tell the people na nandiyan pa sila but according to the latest report the other month of the Armed Forces of the Philippines or even the previous months, mababa na ang bilang nila," Gamboa said.

"Of course ang nireresort nila is always terrorism para ipakita na meron pa sila," he added. — RSJ, GMA News