PRO 7: ‘Be cautious at all times’

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Saturday, August 23, 2014


THE fatal shooting of a policeman and the wounding of three other police officers in Tagbilaran City, Bohol during last Friday’s drug operation prompted the Police Regional Office (PRO) 7 to remind its personnel to be “extra” cautious at all times.

Chief Supt. Prudencio Bañas, PRO 7 director, said it was a painful reminder that they should always be prepared.

“I have reiterated to all units that every operation shouldn’t be taken lightly, whether they are responding to a high-profile target or not,” he told Sun.Star Cebu yesterday.

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Bañas said their successful operations against the illegal drug trade may have hit a snag, but this will not stop them from going after drug personalities.

“It’s not a deterrent, but it will give us more motivation instead. These policemen risked their lives for us to have a peaceful place,” he said.

This was also echoed by Senior Supt. Conrado Capa, PRO 7 deputy regional director for operations, who said that they will not end their operations until they will be able to solve the illegal drug problem in Central Visayas.

PRO 7 will extend financial assistance to the family of PO1 Michael June Ejoc, who died during the operation after taking a bullet in the head. Help will also be given to PO3 Judito Jasmin, PO1 Carlito Gamalo and PO1 Reynan Tagotongan who were injured in the same operation in Bohol.

The four policemen of the Provincial Intelligence Branch of Bohol Provincial Police Office were checking a report of an ongoing pot session when they were attacked by a drug suspect.

The suspect, identified as Artemio “Junjun” Tare Jr. (not Tari as earlier reported), is still being pursued by police.

Supt. Renato Dugan, PRO 7’s spokesperson, said the family of Ejoc will be given more than P400,000 cash by the Philippine National Police.

He said P72,000 will be for burial assistance, while P370,000 will be for death insurance.

“They will have to comply first with the requirements before it will be released,” Dugan told Sun.Star Cebu.

Chief Insp. George Vale, officer-in-charge of Tagbilaran City Police Station, said they are now also preparing the complaint against Belinda Tesorero, who was arrested during the operation.

Tesorero will be facing a complaint for violating Republic Act (RA) 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 after packs of shabu and drug-sniffing paraphernalia were found inside her house. DSM

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 24, 2014.

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