4 cops unhurt in Eastern Samar roadside blast, ambush

CATBALOGAN CITY – Four police officers were unscathed after they were ambushed by suspected members of the New People’s Army (NPA) in Giporlos town, Eastern Samar early Thursday morning.

The police said on Friday a roadside bomb exploded when the patrol car boarded by the cops passed by an area in Sitio Salvacion, Barangay Biga around 6 a.m.

Eastern Samar police director Chief Superintendent Elmer Beltejar said the police officers were unhurt as the explosion did not directly hit the police vehicle, which was heading to Borongan City.

The windshield of the patrol car was damaged though.

A 20-minute firefight then ensued between the policemen and the perpetrators, who later retreated.

Recovered from the scene were several parts of an improvised explosive device and empty shells of high-powered rifles.

The police and military are now on the hunt for the suspected communist rebels. (SunStar Philippines)