Saturday, October 4, 2008

Cop shoots cop

By Karen Lapitan, Alcuin Papa
Southern Luzon Bureau
First Posted 14:40:00 10/04/2008

Filed Under: Laws, Crime

MANILA, Philippines (Update) -- An angry Philippine National Police Director General Jesus Verzosa on Saturday ordered administrative and criminal charges filed against a policeman who allegedly shot dead another cop in Bacoor, Cavite, over a traffic incident.

In a statement, Verzosa said he ordered a thorough investigation into the killing of Senior Inspector William Pelicano of the Las PiƱas police.

Superintendent Mario Reyes, Bacoor police chief, said Pelicano was driving his passenger jeepney with his wife on Marcos Alvarez Road in Barangay (village) Molino 3 at around 8 p.m.on Friday when their vehicle was bumped by a Daihatsu multicab driven by Hermogenes Gagan.

With Gagan in the van was Senior Police Officer 2 Alfie Madrid of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO), Reyes said.

He said that after his jeepney was hit, Pelicano, who was in uniform, approached the van and had an argument with the people inside.

Suddenly, Madrid shot Pelicano several times, Reyes said.

Pelicano was rushed to the Molino Doctors Hospital, where he was declared dead on arrival.

Police found two 9-mm Beretta pistols, bullets and magazines for .45-cal. and 9-mm handguns, and Gagan’s license to carry firearms in the van.

Gagan was arrested by Bacoor police who responded immediately, while Madrid was arrested in a follow-up operation.

“This incident will not be taken lightly. I have directed the NCRPO to file the corresponding administrative case, aside from criminal charges, against subject PNCO (police non-commissioned officer, Madrid),” Verzosa said.

PNP spokesperson Chief Superintendent Nicanor Bartolome said Verzosa was angered by the incident where a minor traffic altercation resulted in the breakdown of discipline between two policemen.

“The PNP chief has ordered a massive value formations seminar to be conducted for all PNP personnel,” Bartolome said.

He said Madrid was placed under restrictive custody by NCRPO chief Director Jefferson Soriano while the investigation was proceeding.

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