TG Guingona blasts NPA for 'ambush' on his mom
Posted at 04/21/2013 4:10 PM | Updated as of 04/21/2013 4:22 PM
MANILA â€“ Senator Teofisto â€œTGâ€ Guingona III condemned the acts of the New Peopleâ€™s Army (NPA) on Saturday night that left her mother, Gingoog City Mayor Ruth de Lara Guingona, injured.
In an interview with ANC on Sunday afternoon, Guingona said: â€œNo one but the President has the right to execute laws. It is not the NPA. We only have one government in this country.â€
His mother sustained gunshot wounds in a firefight between police and members of the NPA past 11 p.m. on Saturday night.
She was on her way home from a barangay fiesta in Alagatan in Misamis Oriental, when around 50 men blocked her convoy upon reaching Sitio Dumayokod.
A firefight ensued between the members of the NPA and Guingonaâ€™s six police escorts, which lasted for about 10 minutes.
Her driver and bodyguard died from the incident.
A certain Ka Oris of the Communist Party of the Philippines-NPA-New Democratic Front in Central Mindanao claimed responsibility for the incident. He said, however, that they were just conducting a checkpoint and it was the police who first fired on them.
The senator said itâ€™s ironic that the victims are the ones following the law. â€œNo one has the right to usurp the law of the land,â€ he saidm adding authorities are now undergoing hot pursuit operations against the NPA members.
The senator said his mother is not in a life-threatening condition and that "she is stable, but in pain.â€
â€œShe has several shrapnel wounds in her legs and arms. She also has fractures bones in hips and arms,â€ Sen. Guingona said.
He said his mother will have to undergo an operation, which could be done in Cagayan de Oro where she was brought on Sunday morning.