After Philippine security forces killed 15 Maoist rebels in a firefight encounter in the Northern Philippines, a Maoist inclined rebel group New People's Army (NPA) flexed its muscles by attacking a police detachment in Misamis Oriental in the Southern Philippines.
The two hours long firefight between the policemen on duty and the100 NPA injured four officers, who were later identified as senior inspector Dante Hallazgo, Senior Police Officer Ramonito Sambas, Police Officer Josua Satur and Police Officer Alberto Bernada.
Hallazgo said they could hardly locate the rebels' position because sounds of gunfires were coming from different directions. The shower of bullets also left numerous holes on the police detachment walls.
The Philippine police released a statement condemning the attack. The statement also said that the NPA is not just rebels but also terrorists.
Additional police troops, in coordination with the Philippine Army, were deployed to destroy the rebels and are now engaged in pursuit operations against the withdrawing rebels.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has withdrawn his policy of negotiating with rebels after the later continued attacking police detachments despite the peace dialogues held between the government and rebels.