Police chief turns over 4 cops involved in slay

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Monday, February 6, 2012


FOUR police officers assigned at the Negros Occidental Provincial Public Safety Company (NOPPSC) were turned over to the Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) after they were implicated in the fatal shooting of a widower and a minor.

The shooting happened around 11:30 p.m. Saturday at a gasoline station just a few meters away from the Noppo headquarters at Camp Alfredo Montelibano Sr. in Camingawan, Barangay Estefania, Bacolod City.

Chief Inspector Rico Santotome, Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office (Noppo) spokesman, said Noppo Director Allan Guisihan ordered the turnover of the four Noppo personnel to BCPO for further investigation.

Santotome identified the slain victim as Jonel Ealdama of Camingawan, Barangay Estefania, Bacolod City who succumbed to a fatal gunshot wound while 16-year-old Karl Ealdama was likewise wounded in his abdomen.

Immediately after the shooting incident, Guisihan ordered NOPPSC company commander Superintendent Armando Tubongbanua to submit the four police personnel, including their respective service firearms, allegedly involved in the incident for investigation to the BCPO's Police Precint-4 in Barangay Villamonte.

Santotome said one of the victims positively identified Police Officer 2 Mauro Taleon of the NOPPSC as the alleged gunman.

Police investigators are also reviewing surveillance footage from a nearby mini-mart for the possible identification of the perpetrators.

Guisihan likewise instructed Tubongbanua to include Police Officer 2 Eric Mongcal and Police Officer Gary Sarap and Adrian Decendario in the conduct of the investigation to determine their participation in the shooting incident.

Once probable cause is determined as to the involvement of the four NOPPSC personnel to the death of Ealdama and the wounding of the minor, criminal charges will be immediately filed against them, aside from administrative cases which will eventually lead to their dismissal from the police service said Santotome.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on February 06, 2012.

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