A policeman died while another was injured as suspected New People’s Army (NPA) members fired upon lawmen escorting a tree planting activity in Claveria, Masbate, early Friday, police said.

PO1 Randolph Alegre, of the 5th Regional Public Safety Battalion, died on the spot, Insp. Maria Luisa Calubaquib, Bicol regional police information officer, said.

PO1 McDonald Casi, of the Claveria Police, was injured and brought to a local hospital.

The incident occurred around 7:30 a.m., while members of the 5th RPSB and Claveria Police were escorting participants of a tree planting activity in Sitio Madanlog, Brgy. Buyo.

The local government of Claveria launched the activity in celebration of the civil service month, Calubaquib said.

The policemen were approaching an area when about seven fully-armed men fired upon them, she said. (John Roson)

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