THE director of the Cebu Provincial Police Office (CPPO) denied his anti-narcotics personnel committed an overkill in the death of a suspected drug pusher in San Fernando last Sunday night.
Senior Supt. Edgar Alan Okubo said he was told by San Fernando Police Chief Adrian Nalua that PO2 Aristeo Tampus defended himself after suspect Benjamin Acero Jr. tried to grab Tampus’s .9mm pistol.
Tampus was hit in the left arm. Acero’s relatives claimed the suspect succumbed to at least 13 gunshot wounds.
Tampus will receive the Medalya ng Sugatang Magiting (Wounded Personnel Medal) today from Police Regional Office 7 Director Robert Quenery and Okubo.
The police officer will also receive financial assistance from CPPO and Cebu Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Office.
“According to the chief of police (Nalua), the suspect kept on coming. I reiterate the words of (Nalua), naghahamon pa ‘o, tapos ka na? Ako na man,’ sabi ng suspek na may tama na,” he told reporters.
Acero is the first recorded fatality in Cebu after the Philippine National Police assumed the lead role again in the anti-illegal drug campaign last Dec. 5. Okubo explained that a .9mm pistol is not as powerful as a .45 pistol, which can stop a person in a single shot. He urged drug personalities to surrender to the police in a peaceful manner. He said it was Tampus’s call to preserve his life. (KAL)