Slain armed man turns out to be a soldier

A SOLDIER, who allegedly tried to shoot two policemen, was killed in the province of Zamboanga del Sur, police said Thursday, August 24.

Chief Inspector Helen Galvez, Police Regional Office-Zamboanga Peninsula information officer, identified the slain soldier as Corporal Rodillo Bartolome, 33, a resident of the village of Kanipay, Midsalip, Zamboanga del Sur.

Bartolome was assigned with the Army’s 51st Infantry Battalion and presently detailed in the besieged Marawi City.

Galvez said that prior to Bartolome death on Wednesday afternoon, Oscar Asuelo, a passenger jeep barker, reported to the Community Police Assistance Center that an unidentified armed person was seen at the store of Dencia Magdadaro in Purok Magdadaro, Barangay Monte Alegre, Aurora, Zamboanga del Sur.

She said two policemen, namely Police Officer 2 (PO2) Ronald Zeros and PO1 Michael Bullanday, boarded a motorcycle and went to the area to verify the report.

She said the police officer quickly drew their guns and opened fire killing Bartolome, who allegedly pulled a caliber .45 pistol while approaching the two responding policemen. (SunStar Philippines)
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