PNP, Army con­demn bru­tal killing of 4 cops

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TOP of­fi­cials of the Philip­pine Na­tional Po­lice (PNP) and mil­i­tary in the province have con­demned the am­bush re­sult­ing in the death of four po­lice­men in Ayun­gon, Ne­gros Ori­en­tal Thurs­day.

Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal Po­lice Pro­vin­cial Of­fice Di­rec­tor Po­lice Colonel Romeo Baleros, in a state­ment, said they strongly con­demned the bru­tal killing of four mem­bers of the Re­gional Mo­bile Force Bat­tal­ion 7.

Baleros ex­pressed sym­pa­thy to the be­reaved fam­ily of the cops as he called on the Com­mu­nist Party of the Philip­pines-new Peo­ple’s Army-na­tional Demo­cratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF) to stop the bar­baric and in­hu­mane act.

“We are ask­ing the sup­port of the gen­eral public to com­bat ter­ror­ist groups, who have noth­ing in mind but to cre­ate fear among the pop­u­lace,” he said, ad­ding that “they must heed to the call to stop on this sense­less loss of lives which would only re­sult to grief and sorrow.”

For his part, Colonel Benedict Arevalo, com­mand­ing of­fi­cer of the 303rd Brigade based at Barangay Mi­noyan in Mur­cia, said the killing was bru­tal.

Arevalo said the four po­lice­men were mauled, one was tied up, be­fore they were killed.

“It shows what kind of peo­ple NPAS are. Thus, they should not be sup­ported by the masses,” he said, ad­ding that the the killing of four po­lice­men is shock­ing.

The way they were killed shows anger. Au­thor­i­ties are study­ing what in­ter­ven­tions to make in the area, Arevalo fur­ther said.

The army of­fi­cial has or­dered sol­diers to be more ac­tive and vig­i­lant. “Be­fore this in­ci­dent hap­pened, I have re­minded all the forces in the area to be vig­i­lant.”

Arevalo also con­demned the usual rea­sons of the NPA in do­ing vi­o­lence and killings — which is re­tal­i­a­tion.

“We should re­mem­ber that these po­lice­men also have fam­i­lies and sup­port­ers that’s why we need to closely mon­i­tor the sit­u­a­tion,” he said.

Po­lice Brigadier Gen­eral De­bold Sina, re­gional di­rec­tor of Po­lice Re­gional Of­fice 7, said the am­bushed po­lice­men be­long to the 704 Mo­bile Force Com­pany and are in­tel­li­gence per­son­nel.

The are iden­ti­fied as Po­lice Cor­po­ral Rele­bert Bero­nio, Pa­trol­man Raffy Callo, Pa­trol­man Roel Ca­bel­lon and Pa­trol­man Mar­quino de Leon.

Si­nas, in his re­port, said that the four were con­duct­ing an in­tel ver­i­fi­ca­tion of the re­ported pres­ence of armed rebels in are when they were sud­denly am­bushed by un­de­ter­mined num­ber of be­lieved to be NPA mem­bers.

Ini­tial in­ves­ti­ga­tion showed that the in­tel op­er­a­tives were on board two mo­tor­cy­cles were ap­proach­ing the house of a cer­tain Oto Anadon, their con­tact at Si­tio Ya­mut, when the killing took place.

The ca­daver of the vic­tims were re­cov­ered at 7:30 in the evening of Thurs­day af­ter clear­ing the area amid re­ports on the pres­ence of armed rebels.

The is­sued side firearms of the vic­tims were carted away by the NPA.

Also, the two mo­tor­cy­cles were not re­cov­ered, it added.

The am­bush­ers were re­ported to have with­drawn to a forested area of Barangay Mag­bato in the said lo­cal­ity./tde

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