Two suspected members of the Landingin gun- for-hire group were killed in an encounter with police in Barangay Pantok, Binangonan, Rizal.
Authorities on Sunday were closely monitoring the suspects’ movements from Rodriguez, Rizal to an apartelle in Antipolo where the joint forces of Binangonan Police and Highway Patrol Group cornered the alleged hitmen.
Rizal Provincial Director Police Senior Superintendent Lou Frias Evangelista said, “Ito, kapag bumibira sila, ayon sa amin impormasyon na ito ang ginagamit nilang hide-out. Kapag umistrayk sila sa ibang lugar, halimbawa sa Rodriguez then dito sila magpapahinga, Antipolo, sa ibang lugar naman.”
(Based on information we received, the suspects use this apartelle as a hideout during an operation. When they strike in one place, in Rodriguez for instance, they run away to Antipolo to cool down.)
The suspects were identified as Jeffrey Landingin, the group’s leader, and Richard Alcantara.
Authorities recovered one .40 caliber pistol and three .45 caliber handguns from the two.
A series of killings in Rizal province prompted the authorities to monitor the duo.
“Hopefully, yung mga na-gather nating evidence ay magsasabi na sila yung mga responsible sa mga killing dito sa Rizal,” PSSupt. Evangelista said.
(Hopefully the evidence we have gathered can conclusively prove that they were responsible for the killings in Rizal.)
He added that the suspects may have been involved in the killings of San Mateo, Rizal barangay captain, Danilo Laciste and former policeman Rudolfo Lico. — Jennica Cruz