The Philippine National Police (PNP) has blamed communist rebel group New People’s Army (NPA) for the bombing in Tubungan town of Iloilo, which injured two police officers.
In a statement on Tuesday, PNP chief Gen. Guillermo Eleazar however dismissed the recent attacks as a mere strategy to show that the rebels are still strong — which he said would then be used as a leverage for their extortion activities amid the election season.
The police unit then launched pursuit operations which resulted in an encounter. But as the rebels were escaping, they detonated two improvised explosive devices (IED), which then resulted in the injury of Pat. Jessie Castamado and P/Cpl. Genel Simpas.