SAF officer killed by subordinate in Bicutan HQ

August 20, 2019

THE commanding officer of the 125th Special Action Company of the elite Philippine National Police Special Action Force was killed by one of his subordinates in their headquarters late afternoon Monday at Camp Bagong Diwa in Bicutan, Taguig City.

Major Emerson Palomares, 30, of No. 535 Washington St. District 3, Gamu, Isabela, succumbed to multiple gunshot wounds in the body and died while undergoing treatment at the Parañaque Doctors Hospital.

National Capital Region Police Office director Major General Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar said the suspect, Master Sergeant Sanwright Lobhoy, 41, assigned at the SAF 125 SAC, FSB and resident of Purok 4, Bulanao, Tabuk, Kalinga, was arrested after the incident.

Taguig police chief Col. Alexander Santos said the incident happened at around 4:40 p.m. at the victim’s office in Camp Bagong Diwa.

An investigation showed that Palomares and Lobhoy had a  heated altercation and at the height of their argument, the suspect shot his superior officer repeatedly.

PNP-SAF commander Major Gen. Amando Clifton B. Empiso told PNP chief General Oscar D. Albayalde that the shooting was triggered by an “old rift” between the two which was aggravated when Lobhoy’s live-in partner confided their problem with Palomares.

The PNP chief said the woman threatened to have Lobhoy dismissed from the service if he would not agree to her conditions.  

The incident prompted Gen. Albayalde to tell his officials to ensure that security protocols would be followed each time they talk with their subordinates, including the need for a subordinate to be unarmed each time he enters the office of his superior.