Ex-ba­colod cop dead in drug bust

Sun Star Bacolod - - Front Page - BY GLAZYL Y. MASCULINO

A FOR­MER mem­ber of the Ba­colod City Po­lice Of­fice (BCPO) and Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal Po­lice Pro­vin­cial Of­fice (Nocppo) died af­ter he al­legedly re­sisted ar­rest from po­lice opera- tives in a buy-bust op­er­a­tion at An­dres Boni­fa­cio Col­lege Com­pound in Barangay Miputak in Dipolog City, Zam­boanga del Norte prov­ince Mon­day night.

Po­lice iden­ti­fied the fa­tal­ity as Su­per­in­ten­dent San­ti­ago Rapiz, who was as­signed as lo­gis­tics of­fi­cer of the Zam­boanga del Norte Pro­vin­cial Po­lice Of­fice.

Joint op­er­a­tives of the

Counter-in­tel­li­gence Task Force (CITF) of the Philip­pine Na­tional Po­lice (PNP) in co­or­di­na­tion with the Philip­pine Drug En­force­ment Agency (PDEA) and the Po­lice Re­gional Of­fice-9 led by Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent Em­manuel Licup con­ducted the op­er­a­tion against Rapiz at 7:40 p.m.

Po­lice records showed the shootout en­sued when Rapiz tried to es­cape af­ter he sensed he was trans­act­ing with a po­lice agent.

He was cor­nered by the op­er­a­tives but he did not sur­ren­der.

Rapiz al­legedly drew his firearm and fired against the ar­rest­ing of­fi­cers, prompt­ing the lat­ter to re­tal­i­ate.

He was rushed to Co­ra­zon Aquino Hos­pi­tal, where he was de­clared dead.

Mean­while, Se­nior Su­per­in­ten­dent Thomas Joseph Mar­tir, of­fi­cer-in­charge of Zam­boanga City Po­lice Of­fice, con­firmed the in­ci­dent to Sun­star Ba­colod last night.

Mar­tir, a for­mer col­league of Rapiz in Nocppo, said he was also sad­dened about the in­ci­dent but stressed that “it is a call of duty.”

Rapiz was for­merly as­signed as head of the Ba­colod City Anti-il­le­gal Drugs Spe­cial Op­er­a­tions Task Group and spokesper­son of BCPO.

He was also a for­mer po­lice chief of E.B. Ma­ga­lona Mu­nic­i­pal Po­lice Sta­tion and Vic­to­rias City Po­lice Sta­tion in Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal.

He also served as head of the Po­lice Com­mu­nity Re­la­tions Of­fice at Nocppo head­quar­ters in Ba­colod City be­fore he was trans­ferred to Prozam­boanga Penin­sula in 2016 af­ter be­ing tagged as a drug pro­tec­tor, along with seven other po­lice­men from the prov­ince.

He ear­lier de­nied the al­le­ga­tions against him.*

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