PHILIPPINE National Police Officer-in-Charge Lieutenant General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa yesterday said a Police Regional Office 7 Special Investigation Task Group is looking into possible lapses committed by the police escorts of Clarin, Misamis Occidental Mayor David Navarro when he was shot dead by still unidentified gunmen last Friday afternoon.
“We will find out if the mayor’s police escorts committed lapses specifically on why they failed to return fire at the suspects,” said the PNP-OIC in a talk with newsmen at Camp Crame.
However, PRO7 director Brigadier General Valeriano T. de Leon was quoted as saying that last Friday’s ambush happened so fast that policemen escorting the mayor were not able to properly react.
De Leon said the police officers with Navarro were not able to react because of the swift attack around 2 p.m. Friday. A reenactment of the ambush that took place along M. Velez Street in Cebu City showed that the mayor who was made to wear a bullet-proof vest by the local police was in the middle of a police convoy when he was shot. The official was about to be taken to the Cebu City Prosecutor’s Office where he will be inquested for physical injury, acts of lasciviousness and usurpation of authority when he was shot dead.
An investigation showed that Mayor Navarro was on board a Cebu City police patrol car with some local policemen while in front of them was another vehicle with more members of the Cebu City Police Office.
Behind them was another vehicle carrying Navarro’s family and some police escorts.
While traveling, a white van cut them off and five to 10 gunmen emerged from the vehicle and pointed their weapons at the policemen threatening to shoot them if they will react. The policemen were also forced out of their vehicles and made to lie down the ground by the gunmen.
The armed men then sprayed the vehicle carrying the mayor with automatic gunfire killing the official who sustained at last 25 gunshot wounds.