'Akyat-bahay' man killed in shootout

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Friday, December 3, 2010

A NOTORIOUS member of an "akyat-bahay gang" was shot dead in a shoot-out with arresting police officers on Magallanes street and Quirino Avenue, Davao City past midnight Wednesday.

The man was identified as Joel Pardillo, resident of Teacher's Village, Barangay Matina Aplaya, Davao City.

San Pedro Police Station reported that members of the Intelligence Branch (IB) and Investigation Detection and Management Branch (IDMB) of the Davao City Police Office (DCPO) spotted Pardillo onboard a passenger jeepney with Renato Ligad and Engelino Nazareno around 2 a.m.


The police team from IB led by Supt. Richard Bad-ang while the IDMB led by Supt. Antonio Rivera followed the group who disembarked and boarded another jeepney going towards Buhangin.

According to Inspector Ceazar Cabuhat, chief of the San Pedro Police Station, intelligence operatives saw the suspects going into the downtown, so they followed them up to Bankerohan. From there the suspects got on a jeepney bound for Buhangin, which was when apprehending officers stopped them.

According to Cabuhat, Pardillo immediately took out his weapon upon seeing Sr. Insp. Ranulfo Cabañog. Sr. Police Officer 2 Geffrey Grant Bangcas saw him and shot him in the head.

Cabañog said it was very fortunate that Bangcas fired before Pardillo could shoot him, otherwise police would have a member of their team in the hospital.

Allan Demitar, jeepney driver, said that as the suspect tried to shoot at the police, he fled to a safer place to avoid getting caught in the crossfire.

Police arrested Ligad and Nazareno. Pardillo was found to be in possession of a caliber .45 gun with 10 bullets.

Pardillo, Ligad and Nazareno have pending warrants of arrest for carnapping and robbery penned by Judge Ridgway Tanjili of the Regional Trial Court Branch 15.

Pardillo was brought to the Angel Funeral Homes, while Ligad and Nazareno are presently detained at the Davao City Police Office (DCPO). (AD)

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on December 03, 2010.

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