A POLICEMAN was killed in a shootout with a heavily-armed man in a relocation site in Plaridel, Bulacan shortly before Friday midnight, a report to Police Regional Office 3 director, Brigadier General Joel Napoleon M. Coronel said.
Corporal Ronnie Tamaliwan, a member of the Bulacan Police Provincial Office’s Provincial Intelligence Branch was shot in the body by suspect Nesty Nacino after the policeman and his colleagues responded to a report regarding the presence of armed persons creating trouble and threatening village security personnel in Barangay Lalangan in Plaridel municipality 10 p.m. Friday.
“We are grieving the death of one of our comrades who risked his life to fulfill his sworn duty to serve and protect,” said Bulacan police director, Colonel Chito Bersaluna.
Bersaluna said that members of the Bulacan Provincial Intelligence Branch and SWAT arrived at the scene past 11 p.m. and were about to surround the place where the gunmen were sighted when shots were fired reportedly by Nacino who is also known for using the alias ‘Wek.’ The suspect was reportedly armed with a 12-gauge shotgun.
An ensuing firefight resulted in the killing of Cpl. Tamaliwan. Bersaluna said that after shooting the policeman, the suspect continued battling the officers while holed in his house and even lobbed a grenade at the officers which did not explode.
Bersaluna said that Nacino, who turned out to have been just recently released from the Bulacan Provincial Jail where he was detained for a drug-related case, also transferred to a nearby building which is undergoing construction where he continued engaging the policemen in a shootout.
SWAT operatives eventually shot and killed the suspect whose other companions were still being hunted as of press time. The policeman died while being taken to the Peralta Hospital in Plaridel.
The Plaridel shootout came as 33 crime offenders including six wanted men were hauled to jail by the Bulacan police during a series of anti-criminality operations in the province on Thursday, a report to Police Regional Office 3 director, Brigadier General Joel Napoleon M. Coronel said.
Six of those arrested were identified as Mario Salas,54, a man wanted for statutory rape in Pandi town; Raymark Hermogenes,29; and Julius Esteban,24, both wanted for consented abduction with rape with no bail recommended; Angelo Tubal,23, wanted for theft; and Joey Bautista,50; and Michael Espiritu,36, both wanted for child abuse.