2 men kill cop on his way to work

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Thursday, December 12, 2013

AN OFF-DUTY policeman was gunned down by two men on a motorcycle in Barangay Poblacion II, Carcar City, Cebu last Wednesday night.

PO1 Felicisimo Unabia Jr., 34, was waiting for a passenger bus on Jose P. Rizal St. so he could report for duty in Cebu City when he was shot at 8:40 p.m.

He sustained multiple gunshot wounds in his head and chest.

He was assigned in the Mobile Patrol Group (MPG) of Cebu City Police Office.

This incident prompted Cebu Provincial Police Office (CPPO) Director Noel Gillamac to relieve Supt. Ricky Delilis, the city police chief, for allegedly underperforming.

“He will undergo a pre-charge evaluation to determine if he is remiss in his duties and responsibilities,” Gillamac told reporters.

Initial investigation showed Unabia, a resident of Sitio Kaipilan, Barangay Poblacion I, was busy texting on his mobile phone when the gunmen arrived.


They pulled out their firearms and opened fire. Unabia drew his gun, but it was too late.

Some policemen of the Carcar City Police Station heard the gunfire since the crime scene is less than 200 meters from the station.

The responding personnel took Unabia to Carcar Provincial Hospital, where he was declared dead on arrival.

Five empty shells from what is believed to be a .45 pistol and two deformed slugs were recovered in the crime scene.

Police also recovered Unabia’s service firearm, a .45 pistol loaded with seven live bullets.

Delilis, when interviewed by Sun.Star Cebu, said they acquired footage from a closed-circuit television (CCTV) camera.

He said they are looking into three more suspects involved in the shooting, including those who acted as spotters. The victim’s brother identified two of them after seeing the footage.


Delilis said they will have the footage enhanced to easily identify the other suspects, adding that this can expedite the resolution of the case.
The CCTV camera is owned by the local government unit.

He said the suspects must have placed Unabia under surveillance to find out his daily routine.

Police are eyeing personal grudge as a possible motive.

They’ve learned that Unabia’s brother was involved in a murder case.

“Basin nanimawos nila (Maybe the shooting was an act of revenge),” Delilis said.

Gillamac has directed the Provincial Intelligence Branch and the Provincial
Investigation and Detective Management Branch to assist in the case.

He also said they will look into the possible administrative lapses of Carcar City policemen for allegedly failing to stop the crime.

Delilis will be assigned temporarily in Operations Branch. He will be replaced by Chief Insp. Teodulfo Manatad III as officer-in-charge.

“This is a fair warning to all police chiefs to do their jobs efficiently,” Gillamac said.

Rise in crimes

Since he became CPPO director, Gillamac said they’ve been monitoring some municipalities and cities, such as Carcar.

“There is a rise of crimes, such as hold-up incidents and murder, in Carcar City,” he said.

Apart from Carcar City, he said the police chiefs of Naga City and Minglanilla will also be evaluated.

Delilis, during the interview, said he welcomed the investigation and respects the decision of his superior.

He assured that he did his best during his stint in Carcar for the last 11 months.
Manatad, for his part, said he will make an inventory on areas that needs improvement in Carcar City.

“It’s a big challenge and I hope to meet the expectations of my superiors,” he said.

SPO3 Arnulfo Gabales of MPG said they were shocked to find out about Unabia’s death.

“He was a very good policeman. He didn’t have any enemies and he was at his job,” he said in Cebuano.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on December 13, 2013.

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