COPS in their defense position at around 6:00 a.m. on March 28 at the top of the Victoria municipal police station, about 40 minutes before the 3-hour gunfight with New People’s Army rebels ended. — PNP-PRO 8 PHOTO

THREE SUSPECTED members of the communist New People’s Army (NPA) were killed and another was captured after they attacked the police station in Victoria, Northern Samar early Thursday morning, a day before the 50th founding anniversary of the armed group. According to a report of the Police Regional Office 8 (PRO-8), around 50 NPA rebels assaulted the station at 3:44 a.m. and the gun battle lasted for about three hours. The 15 police officers on duty put up a defense and other cops in the region were later deployed to assist. Two police officers were injured. PRO-8 later reported that four civilians were also injured. — Vince Angelo C. Ferreras