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Palace denounces ambush of FDA director general's convoy in CamSur.

By Genalyn Kabiling

Malacanang has denounced the "brazen assault" on the convoy of Food and Drug Administration (FDA) director general Nela Charade-Puno in Camarines Sur and pledged to bring the culprits to justice.

Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo said authorities have started an investigation into the "unjustifiable act" that left three policemen killed.

"We strongly denounce the ambush of Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Director-General Nela Charade G. Puno and her convoy in Camarines Sur which left at least three policemen dead and three others wounded," he said.

"Investigation is now underway and we will ensure that the perpetrators of this unjustifiable act are brought to justice," he said.

Over a dozen suspected communist rebels launched an attack on the convoy of Puno on Thursday morning along the national highway of Lupi, Camarines Sur. Puno was unharmed but her three police escorts were killed in the roadside attack.

The Palace has extended its sympathies to the families of the slain policemen. "We commend the policemen who died in the line of duty and express our deep condolences to their bereaved families and loved ones," Panelo said.

He added while Puno was unharmed by the surprise attack, she has been advised by authorities to defer attending the wake of the policemen.

Panelo also offered prayers and thoughts for the speedy recovery for the cops "who were wounded during this brazen assault."

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Date:Oct 21, 2018
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