Bishop hits rebel attack that kills 3 in E. Samar

Bishop hits rebel attack that kills 3 in E. Samar

At least three people were killed and 14 were wounded after an attack allegedly carried out by a communist rebels on a police car in Brgy. Libuton, Borongan City, Eastern Samar on Dec. 13. ALREN BERONIO/ESTE NEWS

By CBCP News

December 15, 2019

Manila, Philippines

A Catholic bishop has condemned an ambush that killed three people and left 14 others wounded in Eastern Samar province on Friday.

Bishop Crispin Varquez of Borongan expressed his condolences to the families of those killed in the attack, including a policeman and two civilians.

“I am saddened over the incident,” he said. “I express my sympathies to the victims and their families as I assure them of my prayer.”

Authorities said the attack was carried out by alleged communist rebels in a village on the outskirt of Borongan City at around 3pm on Dec. 13.

Reports said that the rebels detonated an explosive followed by a burst of gunfire when they attacked seven cops on board a patrol car on their way to Borongan.

Five of the injured were policemen and three were minors including an infant.

Bishop Varquez stressed that killing is not the solution, as he called for the restoration of peace in the province.

“My appeal is let us talk and dialogue for the common good,” the prelate added.

“We are all Filipinos, one blood, and these things should not happen in our country, and in our province,” he also said.