Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Ronald dela Rosa reports, some drug syndicates are attacking policemen in South-Central Mindanao (Region 12) and in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).
This is in retaliation for the death of Datu Saudi Ampatuan, Maguindanao Mayor Samsudin Dimaukom in a shootout in Makilala, Cotabato on October 28, 2016.
Dela Rosa says, one policeman was killed in Pikit, North Cotabato and another cop was also shot dead in Cotabato.
Dela Rosa says, "doon sa Region 12 at ARMM, sinabihan ko sila. Yung regional directors doon, dahil nga sa pagkamatay ni Mayor Dimaukom ay maraming balita na magre-resbak yung armed grupo (in Region 12 and ARMM, I told the regional directors, because of the death of Mayor Dimaukom, we receive many reports that their armed group will retaliate.)”
Nine other persons died in the shootout.