DILG condemns ambush-slay of 2 Maguindanao cops

DILG condemns ambush-slay of 2 Maguindanao cops

By Rjhay E. Laurea

QUEZON CITY — Interior Secretary Benjamin “Benhur” Abalos, Jr., assured the families of the victims of the ambush-slay incident in Ampatuan, Maguindanao that the government will continue to seek justice for the fallen heroes.

It was believed that a group of Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) led by a certain Boy Jacket and Abdulnasser Guianid as the ones responsible for the attack that killed Ampatuan police chief Lt. Reynaldo Samson and Cpl. Salipudden Talipasan Endab.

“The Department of the Interior and Local Government condemns, in the strongest terms, the unforgivable display of violence directed at our law enforcers from the Ampatuan Municipal Police Station last Tuesday, 30 August 2022,” Abalos said in his official statement.

Aside from the two police casualties, the ambush-slay incident also left three other police officers wounded — Police Senior Master Sergeant Renante T. Quinalayo, Police Corporal Rogelio R. Dela Cuesta, Jr., and Police Corporal Marc Clint Varrona Dayaday.

“We express our deepest grief and condole with the families of our fallen and wounded heroes, and wish to assure the bereaved and the entire nation that we will not rest until justice is served,” the Interior secretary added.

“Gagawin ng Kagawaran at ng buong Pambansang Kapulisan ang lahat ng nararapat upang matugis ang sino mang nasa likod ng walang kapatawarang karahasang ito (The Department and the whole Philippine National Police will do everything that have to be done to trace the mastermind of this unforgivable violence),” Abalos emphasized.

He said that with the cooperation of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), the leadership of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao headed by Chief Minister Murad Ebrahim, and our countrymen and civil government from the province of Maguindanao under the administration of Gov. Bai-Mariam Mangudadatu, justice will be served to the victims and the people responsible for they will be held accountable.

PNP chief Gen. Rodolfo Azurin has already ordered the filing of criminal charges against the six members of BIFF involved in the incident and he also directed the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group to file the formal complaints. (ai/mtvn)

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