PHILIPPINE National Police Officer-in-Charge, Lieutenant General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa yesterday said that the death of two policemen last week at the hands of armed drug traffickers would only further strengthen their resolve to hit hard on ‘high-value’ targets and their cohorts in the country.
“The latest setbacks suffered by the PNP in the death of two police anti-drug operatives killed in the line of duty recently in Rizal and Bulacan, will not diminish our resolve to hit hard on illegal drug activities and address the drug problem head-on with all the power vested upon us by law,” he said.
He referred to the case of slain Staff Sergeant Michael Cabillo of the Rizal Police Provincial Office and Corporal Ronnie Tumaliwan of the Bulacan Police Provincial Office.
“Police Staff Sergeant Michael C. Cabillo of Rizal and Police Corporal Ronnie Tumaliwan of Bulacan did not die in vain when they offered the supreme sacrifice against armed drug suspects, rather, their heroism serves to inspire the entire PNP to accomplish the mission that was left unfinished,” Gamboa said.
The PNP-OIC paid tribute to the slain policemen as the PNP marked the 1st anniversary of the institutionalized implementation of the Philippine Anti-Drug Strategy under Executive Order No. 66 signed by President Duterte on October 29, 1018.
“The PNP is making headway in our own campaign to translate this national strategy into operational terms to synergize all law enforcement operations against other forms of criminal activity that provide support systems to drug syndicates and drug traffickers,” he assured the country.
According to PNP rules and policy, the surviving families will receive all the benefits due to kin of deceased personnel.
On Sunday, Gamboa visited the wake of SSgt. Cabillo who was shot dead by an armed drug dealer in Pilillia town last Friday.
Joined by PNP Director for Comptrollership, Major General Jose Maria Victor DF Ramos and Police Regional Office 4-A director, Brigadier General Vicente D. Danao Jr., the PNP-OIC condoled with the family of Cabillo, a brave member of the Pilillia Municipal Police Station Drug Enforcement Unit.
A PRO4-A report said that members of the Pililia MPS-DEU under Major Florante Yu conducted the sting wherein Cabillo acted as the poser-buyer.
However, at the height of their negotiation, the suspect identified as Neser Valsorable Tena alias ‘Michael’ sensed he was dealing with an undercover officer and immediately drew a concealed firearm and shot Cabillo in the body.
After hitting the cop, the suspect fled prompting back-up operatives to give chase. Undaunted, the suspect fired more shots and wounded SSgt. Guinao-wa and Pat. Santos.
He later entered his apartment and took nine children as hostages. An hour-long negotiation ensued until SWAT operatives managed to gun down the suspect and rescue the hostages.
Recovered from the possession of the slain suspect were nine heat-sealed plastic sachets containing around 38 grams of shabu worth nearly P260,000, a loaded caliber .45 Remington semi-automatic pistol, a Carbine rifle with a magazine with live bullets and several drug paraphernalia.
On the other hand, Cpl. Tumaliwan of the Bulacan Provincial Intelligence Branch was killed after being shot by drug offender Nesty Nacino in Bgy. Lalangan in Plaridel town last October 18. The suspect was eventually killed in a gunfight with the local police.