PNP probes motive in ambush of Rizal town mayor

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 17, 2020   •   598

The Philippine National Police (PNP) said they would conduct an investigation to determine the motive behind the ambush of Mayor Raul Palino of Teresa, Rizal on Monday (June 16).

According to PNP CALABARZON Regional Director PBGen. Vicente Danao Jr., armed suspects ambushed the vehicle boarded by Mayor Palino along E. Rodriguez Avenue, Barangay Poblacion in Teresa, Rizal. Palino was with his driver and bodyguard.

Danao said the mayor survived the ambush but his driver, Joel Balajadia, and security, Ruel Santos, were injured and are in the hospital.

The PNP regional officer said they are looking into business rivalry or politics as some of the possible motives for the said attack.

“Kasi may mga lumalabas na may mga business rivalry, it could be politics, or baka, it could be any activity na hindi nagustuhan ng iba (There is a potential business rivalry, it could be politics, or maybe it could be any activity that others might not have liked),” he said.

The are also verifying if Mayor Palino is listed on the narcolist of President Rodrigo Duterte. Based on the President’s narcolist posted on the website of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO), Mayor Palino’s name is listed. However, Danao said they have not received any reports of any illegal drug activity involving the mayor.

“Beni-verify pa namin kung gaano katotoo iyang information na iyan, pero as of now wala naman siguro, kasi wala naman tayong namo-monitor na activity niya about drugs (We are verifying the accuracy of that information but as of now, there is none because we have not monitored any activity linking him to drugs),” he said.

He also added that they are looking at two possible suspects who may not even be hired killers. AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

Ex-Congressman Andaya survives ambush try in Camarines Sur

Robie de Guzman   •   June 1, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Unidentified gunmen attacked former Camarines Sur Representative Rolando Andaya Jr. while on board his vehicle in Pili town on Tuesday, local police said.

In a statement, the Police Regional Office 5 (PRO5) said the incident occurred around 5:45 a.m. along Maharlika Highway in Barangay Palestina.

Initial investigation showed the suspects on board a motorcycle shot at Andaya’s vehicle before fleeing the scene. Two fired cartridges of caliber .45 were recovered from the area.

The former lawmaker was unhurt in the incident, police said.

PRO5 chief Police Brigadier General Jonnel Estomo said he has ordered an investigation into the shooting incident.

A special provincial investigation team was also created to help identify the suspects.

Estomo said additional police units were deployed in the area to monitor and prevent similar incidents.

“Tayo po ang nagdeploy na ng karagdagan pulis sa lugar upang alisin ang pangamba sa ating mga kababayan na naroon,” Estomo said.

“Makakaasa po kayo na kami ay makikipagtulungan sa mga witnesses at mga local government official ng Camarines Sur upang mapabilis na pagtukoy at pagresolba sa insidenteng ito,” he added.

Task group formed to probe shootout that killed Calbayog mayor

Robie de Guzman   •   March 9, 2021

A special task group has been created to investigate the shooting incident that led to the death of Calbayog City Mayor Ronaldo Aquino and his aides in Samar Province on Monday.

The police Special Investigation Task Group (SITG) Aquino will hold its first conference on Tuesday to discuss the case.

Police Regional Office 8 said its investigators are currently gathering more details and testimonies from witnesses and policemen involved in the shooting incident.

Initial investigation showed that Mayor Aquino and his aides were killed after a gunfight with armed men riding another vehicle on Monday afternoon in Barangay Lonoy, Tinambacan District in Calbayog.

The mayor and his aides were aboard their vehicle going to the northern part of Calbayog City when they thought they were being followed by another vehicle.

One of Aquino’s security details allegedly fired at the other vehicle and its passengers retaliated.

The passengers of the other vehicle turned out to be members of the Philippine National Police Integrity Monitoring and Enforcement Group (IMEG) and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Group (PDEG).

Aquino, his driver and a security escort were killed in the incident while another aide was rushed to a hospital.

A police officer was also killed while another was injured. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Syrix Remanes)

Maguindanao mayor survives ambush; 3 aide injured, one dead

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 4, 2021

South Upi, Maguindanao Mayor Reynalbert Insular has survived a bomb attack on Sunday, the police authorities reported on Monday (January 4).

The mayor was unhurt although one of his security escorts died on the spot, while three relief workers were injured. Authorities said pursuit operations are ongoing against the suspects.

The Philippine National Police (PNP) said the official and his companions were on their way back to the city hall after coming from a relief operation when they were ambushed by armed men in Barangay Pandan.

Insular had also survived two previous ambushes: one in July 2016 and the other in June 2020.

Authorities said the armed men are also the suspects in the torching of several houses in Barangay Itaw. AAC (with reports from Val Villaflor)

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