Members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Special Action Force (SAF) were ambushed by suspected communist rebels along the national highway at Brgy. Bading, Uson town in Masbate on Sunday afternoon, the military reported Monday. Major Harold Cabunoc, spokesperson of the 9th Infantry Division, said that the PNP personnel were on board a Toyota Hilux police vehicle with plate number SHS 687 when they were attacked with improvised explosive devices. The explosion injured PO1 Ronnel Rodriguez, who was hit by shrapnel debris on his left leg, and PO1 Michael Sauro who slightly injured his eyes due to the blast.Also:
At least 10 private armed groups have been dismantled across the country since the government launched a crackdown on such organizations following the Nov. 23 massacre in Maguindanao province, police said on Monday. Chief Superintendent Leonardo Espina, spokesman of Philippine National Police (PNP), said most of the disbanded groups came from Region IV-A, which is composed of the provinces of Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon. Espina attributed the neutralization of the private armed groups to more aggressive police operations and to the installation of more checkpoints nationwide to enforce a nationwide gun-ban in preparation for the May 10 elections.
I wonder if any of this will go away after the election ...?