Press Release/ 18 October 2018
Secretary Francisco T. Duque III today condemned the attack on a contingent led by Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Director General Nela Charade G. Puno and police escorts.
Puno and her team were on their way to Daet, Camarines Norte on Thursday morning after the provincial capital passed an ordinance requiring establishments to secure FDA clearance prior to acquiring a business license.
According to police reports, the team led by DG Puno were fired at by unidentified armed men in Lupi, Camarines Sur. Three police escorts were reportedly killed while another three were injured.
“I condemn in no uncertain terms the attack on FDA Director General Nela Charade Puno and her team in Camarines Sur today. The DOH leadership is currently coordinating with the authorities for a full investigation,” Secretary Duque said.
DG Puno and her team were unharmed and were brought to a secure location. Investigations are currently underway.
“The safety of DG Puno and FDA employees is our top priority at the moment. They have the full backing of the Department,” the health chief concluded.