NPA con­demns killing of for­mer NOPPO of­fi­cial

Watchmen Daily Journal - - Top Stories - By Do­minique Gabriel G. Bañaga

The New Peo­ple’s Army (NPA) yes­ter­day con­demned the killing of for­mer Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal Po­lice Pro­vin­cial Of­fice (NOPPO) mem­ber, Po­lice Su­per­in­ten­dent San­ti­ago Rapiz, who was killed ear­lier this week dur­ing a buy-bust op­er­a­tion in Dipolog City, Zam­boanga Del Norte.

The ter­ror group called on the Philip­pine Na­tional Po­lice (PNP) to con­duct a “swift in­ves­ti­ga­tion.”

NPA Leonardo Panali­gan Com­mand spokesper­son Ka JB Re­gal­ado said, based on their knowl­edge, Rapiz does not have a crim­i­nal record in Ne­gros and was not in­volved in the sale or use of il­le­gal drugs.

He also de­nied the slain po­lice of­fi­cer was on Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte’s “narco-list.”

“Rapiz only be­came a part of the 13,000 vic­tims of ‘Oplan: Tokhang’ un­der the Duterte regime,” the spokesper­son claimed.

Ear­lier, for­mer Berya drug group bag­man Ricky Sere­nio, in a state­ment, noted, Rapiz was named in his sworn af­fi­davit as a ma­jor player in the Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal il­le­gal drug trade and claimed the re­cent op­er­a­tion proved he was telling the truth.

Last Mon­day, Rapiz was killed by mem­bers of the Philip­pine Na­tional Po­lice-Counter In­tel­li­gence Task Force and Philip­pine Drug En­force­ment Agency dur­ing a buy-bust op­er­a­tion, where the law en­force­ment of­fi­cial al­legedly fought back af­ter he found out he was trans­act­ing with an un­der­cover cop.

Po­lice re­cov­ered sev­eral sa­chets of sus­pected shabu, weigh­ing around 25 grams; and a .45 cal­iber pis­tol.

The for­mer NOPPO of­fi­cial, who pre­vi­ously served as po­lice chief for Es­calante City and Vic­to­rias City, along with formerly head­ing the NOPPO Po­lice Com­mu­nity Re­la­tions of­fice, was trans­ferred to Po­lice Re­gional Of­fice-9 in 2016 af­ter be­ing named by Sere­nio.

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