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2 wounded NPA members found onboard Red Cross ambulances

FRONTLINERS check on three vehicles of International Committee of the Red Cross which were found carrying two wounded New People’s Army (NPA) members at a provincial quarantine checkpoint in Purok 3, Barangay Payasan, Lianga, Surigao del Sur on Friday. (Photo courtesy of PRO 13-RPIO)

FRONTLINERS check on three vehicles of International Committee of the Red Cross which were found carrying two wounded New People’s Army (NPA) members at a provincial quarantine checkpoint in Purok 3, Barangay Payasan, Lianga, Surigao del Sur on Friday. (Photo courtesy of PRO 13-RPIO)

Frontliners manning a provincial quarantine checkpoint intercepted three Red Cross ambulances transporting two wounded New People’s Army (NPA) rebels on Friday in Purok 3, Barangay Payasan, Lianga, Surigao del Sur, the Caraga Police Regional Office 13 (PRO 13) reported.

Nine other individuals, including a British national, were also found onboard the ambulances.

PRO 13 identified the two wounded persons as Jea Angeles Perez, 22, who sustained a gunshot wound in the right leg; and Noel Dadang, 32, who suffered bullet wounds in the chest and head.

Prior to the interception, police and military personnel were alerted after receiving information about the transport of alleged wounded NPA rebels using International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) vehicles.

PRO 13 reported that around 10:55 a.m. on Friday, Caraga cops and 9th Special Force Company troopers flagged down the three Red Cross vehicles.
During inspection, they found inside the vehicles 11 persons, including two alleged wounded NPA rebels and one British national.

In coordination with the officials of Agusan del Sur and Davao police officials, the wounded persons were referred to Davao Regional Medical Center for medical treatment.

Upon reaching the regional quarantine checkpoint in Barangay Pasian, Monkayo, Davao de Oro, Philippine Army personnel received the convoy and escorted them to Davao Regional Medical Center in Tagum City, Davao del Norte. (Mike Crismundo)

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