Philippine President Rodrigo Roa Duterte said the “misencounter” between government troops and policemen in Samar, where six policemen were killed and nine others were wounded, was an event which nobody wanted to happen.
“Nobody wants it. That wasn’t intentionally done. Actually, what happens there is the Murphy’s Law. If anything can go wrong, it will go wrong, just like the misencounter,” President Duterte said.
The President said he wanted to visit the slain and wounded cops in Samar but did not give further details. “I want to go there. I want the Army to go with me,” he said.
The Philippine government will provide the necessary assistance to the families of the six slain policemen and the nine others, who were injured during the chance encounter.
“All victims, or those wounded in an encounter with government forces are being taken care of by the government,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said.
Roque said the government is still waiting for the results of the joint investigation being conducted by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) on the incident.
On Monday morning, soldiers of the Army’s 87th Infantry Battalion “incidentally engaged” elements of the 1st Platoon, 805th Company, Regional Mobile Force Battalion 8 of the PNP as they were patrolling Sitio Lonoy, Barangay San Roque, Sta. Rita, Samar.