President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday said the death of 6 police officers in a misencounter
with soldiers in Villareal, Samar on Monday was not intentional.
“Nobody wants it, what happens there is the Murphy’s Law — if anything can go wrong, it will
go wrong,” Duterte said in a speech during the oath-taking of 1,904 newly elected Zamboanga
Peninsula barangay captains in Zamboanga del Sur.
Duterte said he would like to visit the wake of the slain police officers together with the Philippine Army to “show camaraderie” among government troops.
“Hindi naman sinadya ‘yan eh (It was unintentional),” Duterte said.
A company of warriors was watching a remote town in Villarreal town on Monday morning when they mixed up a gathering of cops as comrade New People’s Army (NPA) revolts, the military had said.
Six policemen were execute in the occurrence.
Military representative Col. Edgard Arevalo said experts are exploring regardless of whether the dangerous experience was because of an absence of coordination.
Arevalo said that the fighters’ first nature is to flame at furnished men they experience in profoundly vegetated regions.
Police, he stated, additionally returned fire amid Monday’s experience.
Nine others injured in the occurrence are still in the healing facility, said Arevalo.
The NPA has been battling the administration for about 5 decades. More than 40,000 have been murder in the rebellion and financial development in asset-rich regions has been hindering.