BRIGADIER General Bernabe Balba, police regional director in Eastern Visayas, awarded the “Medalya ng Kadakilaan (Heroism Medal) to Staff Sergeant Fernan Canuda after visiting his wake in Leyte, Leyte Tuesday, April 7.
“Your brothers and sisters in arms express gratitude for your invaluable service and dedication to the Eastern Visayas Police Force. Rest in peace,” said Balba.
Canuda, who was assigned at the Regional Anti-Illegal Gambling Task Force (RAIGTF), was killed while serving a warrant of arrest to the number 9 most wanted person-regional level in Leyte town on Sunday, April 5.
The suspect, identified as Lionillo Medalla, shot dead Canuda after sensing the presence of the operatives from Leyte Municipal Police Station and RAIGTF led by Lieutenant Kemy Bas.
The incident happened around 10 p.m. Sunday in Sitio Macalapi, Barangay Libas, Leyte town.
Police are conducting a hot pursuit operation against the suspect.