Cop, sus­pect slain in CDO shootout

The Philippine Star - - NATION - – Gerry Lee Gorit

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – A mem­ber of the High­way Pa­trol Group (HPG) and a mo­torist were killed in a shootout in Barangay Up­per Car­men in this city on Thurs­day.

The fa­tal­i­ties were iden­ti­fied as Se­nior Po­lice Of­fi­cer 1 Sergs de Con­stan­tine Mac­eren of the spe­cial op­er­a­tions team of the HPG of­fice in North­ern Min­danao and Ab­dul­rahim Batawi Adi­lao.

Ini­tial in­ves­ti­ga­tion showed Mac­eren was with SPO2 Lyn­die Bal­tazar and PO1 Joel Lau­rente when they flagged down a white Hyundai Ac­cent for its sus­pi­cious li­cense plate (ULI-448).

When cor­nered near a gaso­line sta­tion, Adi­lao re­port­edly opened fire.

Bal­tazar was wounded while Adi­lao’s com­pan­ion, a cer­tain Joan Gomez, was ar­rested.

Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent Roberto Fa­jardo, HPG di­rec­tor, said they are in­ves­ti­gat­ing if Adi­lao had links with two men re­cently ar­rested by Mac­eren’s group.

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