Davao del Sur Police Chief Senior Superintendent Samuel Gandingan said, a rebel who surrendered to the military provided information on the identities of those involved in the ambush.
Authorities will be filing multiple murders and frustrated murder charges against the suspects by March 24.
Meanwhile, Davao Region police chief, Chief Superintendent Manuel Gaerlan refuted the statement of the New People’s Army that there was an encounter on the day of the incident.
He said investigations reveal that no empty shells belonging to the firearms of the police have been recovered in the crime scene, indicating that they were not able to fire their weapons.
Empty shells recovered near the police mobile matched the shells that were recovered from the position of the assailants.
Also, investigation reveals that PO1 Saro Mangotara who was seated at the back of the patrol car survived the 1st round of gunfire since no traces of his blood was found at the back of the vehicle.
Authorities believe that while he was still alive he was made to kneel down before being shot at close range.
“Mas mataas yung tumira sa kaniya, nag exit dito sa kilikili niya. So malaking posibilidad talaga na buhay siya at pinatay lang siya nung pinalinya na sila doon sa malapit sa mga doors ng patrol cars na yun,” PSSupt. Samuel Gadingan said.
(If he was kneeling the gunman would be higher than him. That would explain why the exit wound was found in his armpit. So there really is a big possibility that he was still alive and was shot to death only when they were lined up near the doors of the patrol cars.)
“Narinig ko naghinto yung putukan tapos narinig ko, ‘huwag kayong magpaputok mag clear muna ako sa baba,’tapos after noon nagpaputok sila ulit (When they stopped firing I heard somebody say, ‘don’t shoot I will conduct clearing first’ and after that I again heard gunshots),“ ambush survivor, PO3 Allen Arnado said.
SOCO investigator PO3 Allen Arnado does not have a clear picture of what really happened to his comrades during the incident since he was trying to hide after jumping out of the vehicle.
“I just crawled to save my life. I don’t know what really happened to the others because of the volume of fire. There was a small creek, a canal, it was where I hid,” PO3 Arnaldo recalled.
Aside from Mangotara, SOCO investigator PO3 Jeden Mie Rabor also showed signs of being shot at close range.
“This is plain and simple murder already, napaka (it’s so) inhuman,” said PCSupt. Manuel Gaerlan.
Pursuit operations are underway for perpetrators of the criminal act. – Victor Cosare | UNTV News & Rescue
by UNTV News | Posted on Wednesday, December 13th, 2017
MANILA, Philippines – Operatives of the Philippine National Police Women and Children Protection Center raided a restobar along 8th Avenue in Caloocan City, Monday night.
The operation targeted 2 suspected procurers identified as Teody Gutierrez alias Agatha and an unidentified woman who allegedly pimped girls.
During the raid at the restobar, operatives rescued 19 women including 11 minors who were supposed to be pimped to male customers that night.
Some of them were tearful during the rescue.
Authorities arrested alias Agatha who failed to escape after she was cornered. However the other suspect managed to flee.
According to Police Senior Supt. Villamor Tuliao, the Chief of the PNP Anti-Trafficking in Persons Division, the restobar had long been under surveillance after receiving complaints about the illegal activities by the suspects.
“Usually, they would offer via Facebook or other platforms on social media while others are through personal contacts that they have these women and these are the ages ranging from… actually the youngest we rescued is aged 14-yrs old,” WCPC Anti-Trafficking in Persons Division chief, PS/Supt. Villamor Tuliao said.
He added that the meeting for the trafficking of the women was supposed to take place at a diner, but the underage girls were being brought to hotels for sex.
The clients pay P4,000 to P5,000 for the services of the minors.
Tuliao reminded parents, “Warning to parents: properly monitor your children.”
The rescued women will be brought to Camp Crame for documentation. Afterwards, they will be turned over to the social workers of the Department Social Welfare and Development.
Alias Agatha, meanwhile, will face charges for violating the Anti- Trafficking in Person Act. – Mai Bermudez | UNTV News & Rescue
MANILA, Philippines — Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II confirmed that the Department of Justice (DOJ) is gathering information for the petition it will file before a court to declare the Communist rebel New People’s Army (NPA) as a terrorist organization.
Aguirre said that among the information they are gathering is the violence committed by the NPA against soldiers, policemen, and civilians.
Under the country’s human security act, the government is required to file a petition declaring a group as a terrorist before a regional trial court.
The said court will hear the case first to determine whether or not a group should be formally declared a terrorist.
Last week, President Rodrigo Duterte signed a proclamation declaring the NPA as a terrorist group. —UNTV News and Rescue
MANILA, Philippines — Police Senior Superintendent Albert Ferro said he did not anticipate his designation as the chief of the anti-drug unit of the Philippine National Police (PNP).
It can be recalled that then PNP anti-illegal drugs group was abolished after the abduction and killing of Korean national Jee Ick Joo, which involved some of Ferro’s men.
The new PNP anti-drug unit head thanked the leadership of the PNP for trusting him anew.
He vowed to fix their system so that scalawag policemen can no longer infiltrate the PNP Drug Enforcement Group (PNP-DEG).
“I do subscribe to what we call 6WS what went well, what went wrong. We have to examine and come up with a good safeguard. Come up with a good reform. Or come up with a good inventory of our good practices, tactics. I will anchor it with the two types of principles,” said the PNP-DEG director.
Ferro called on the public to give them another chance to prove their dedication to their job.
According to the police official, one proof of their sincerity in their effort to resolve the Jee Ick Joo case, where PSupt. Rafael Dumlao was allegedly involved.
“I want to inform you that I was part of the efforts to resolve that case. We did not hide the truth because the President ordered to tell the truth,” said Ferro.
Ferro also urged the public to help the PNP fight illegal drugs.
“We will raise our standards with most caution to everything we will do. This is a fight of not just cops, but of all Filipinos,” said the director.
The new head of the PNP-DEG warned anew the police unit’s personnel planning to commit anomalies.
Ferro also noted that his men will use body cameras in all their operations to provide transparency to the public.
The PNP-DEG concentrates on neutralizing high-value targets and in reducing the supply of illegal drugs. — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue
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