7 'rob­bers' killed in Batan­gas en­counter

Sun.Star Pampanga - - NATION! -

Batan­gas Provin­cial Po­lice Of­fice Di­rec­tor Ed­win Quilates said based on ini­tial re­port, the sus­pected rob­bers, who were on­board a white van, rammed at the bar­ri­ers in a Com­mis­sion on Elec­tions check­point in Barangay Beri­nayan, Lau­rel town, around 4:30 a.m. Mon­day, Fe­bru­ary 25.

Per­son­nel of the Ag­oncillo Mu­nic­i­pal Po­lice Sta­tion re­ceived a re­port about the in­ci­dent, prompt­ing them to im­me­di­ately estab­lish an­other check­point at the bound­ary of Ag­oncillo and Lau­rel towns.

Quilates said in­stead of stop­ping at the check­point, the sus­pected rob­bers sped off and fired at the policemen, re­sult­ing in an en­counter.

“A brief chase en­sued and [the sus­pected rob­bers were] cor­nered by an­other pa­trol team of said [policemen] sta­tioned few me­ters from the es­tab­lished check­point. The sus­pects fired upon the re­spond­ing per­son­nel, which prompted the lat­ter to re­turn fire,” he said.

He said the sus­pected rob­bers were killed in the gun­fight, adding that no cops were hurt in the in­ci­dent. Quilates said in­ves­ti­ga­tors are still in the process of de­ter­min­ing the iden­tity of the slain men who were re­port­edly mem­bers of "Bak­las bubong" that was in­volved in a se­ries of rob­beries in Batan­gas.

The lat­est vic­tim of the group was a gro­cery store in Taal where they took at least P150,000, po­lice said.

The group is also al­legedly re­spon­si­ble for two rob­bery in­ci­dents in an agri­cul­ture store in San Jose town where they seized around P1.3 mil­lion cash.

"Pito 'yung na­p­atay ngayon. Wala pa tay­ong iden­ti­ties. Hindi natin alam kung may kasama pa itong mga 'to," he said.

(Seven were killed to­day. We don't have iden­ti­ties yet. We also don't know if they have other com­pan­ions.)

"Doon sa pag-aaral namin doon sa CCTV, parang may ka­sunod pa na isang sasakyan na maaar­ing nakalu­sot. Hindi namin na­pansin, nakatakbo... So maaar­ing may ka­grupo pa itong na­p­atay na 'to," he added.

(Based on the CCTV footage, it ap­pears there's an­other car that was able to es­cape. We did not no­tice it, so it's pos­si­ble that they were with an­other group of rob­bers.)

Sgroup EVEN sus­pected mem­bers of a rob­bery were killed in a fire­fight with policemen Mon­day morn­ing in Ag­oncillo town, Batan­gas.

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