POLICE on Friday shot and killed one of three heavily-armed men who introduced themselves as New People’s Army rebels when they tried to abduct a resident of Rizal, Occidental Mindoro, a Police Regional Office 4-B report said yesterday.
PRO4-B director, Brigadier General Tomas C. Apolinario Jr. said the gunmen barged into the house of their target Rolando Oirada in Sitio Lumintao, Barangay Malawaan in Rizal municipality at 8 p.m. Friday and tried but failed to abduct the latter. The official said they are still investigating the motive and the real background of the suspects.
Apolinario said the incident was reported to the Rizal Municipal Police Station by local village chief Joey Tacuyo prompting officers to respond to the site.
He said that members of the Calintaan police station also put up a road blockade in Bgy. New Dagupan in an effort to intercept the fleeing suspects.
However, with the help of local barangay ‘kagawad’ Jarwin Briones who managed to tail the suspects, the local police managed to catch up with the suspects who were on board a motorcycle.
Apolinario said that officers eventually cornered the suspects near the public market in Bgy. Sto. Niño in Rizal where one of the motorcycle back-riders fired a shot at the lawmen who were forced to retaliate.
As a result, the driver of the getaway motorcycle lost control of the vehicle and crashed down the ground. Apolinario said that the suspect armed with an M-16 automatic rifle and identified as Edwin Firuchu died as a result of his wounds.
Recovered from the slain suspect’s possession was an M-16 rifle with serial no. RP134616.
Apolinario said a second suspect identified as Malvin Bonifacio was wounded in the crash but managed to hide in a local residence about 50 meters away from where their motorcycle crashed. He said the suspect eventually surrendered and yielded a caliber .38 revolver.
The PRO4-B director said that a third suspect identified as Joel Bonifacio is still being hunted as of press time. He said the suspects were all identified as residents of Bulalacao municipality.