DAVAO CITY – Another motorcycle-riding robbery suspect was killed in a shootout with police in this city on Thursday bringing to two the number of slain suspects this week.
Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte lauded anew the policemen for a job well done.
San Pedro police chief Superintendent Antonio Rivera said they are yet to identify the suspect.
Rivera said his team members were onboard a vehicle at Marfori Heights around 12:10 a.m. when they saw two suspicious-looking men onboard a motorcycle.
The police tried to flag down the motorcycle for inspection but the two avoided them, prompting the chase. When they reached Saint John Street in Barangay 10-A, Davao City, one of the suspects started the shootout.
Rivera said no policeman was hurt, but the other suspect eluded arrest.
The slain suspect, whose body bore several tattoos, succumbed to multiple gunshot wounds in his chest and other parts of his body. He was brought to Angel Funeral Parlor on F. Torres Street.
Personnel of the Scene of the Crime Operatives (Soco) recovered one caliber .38 revolver without serial number containing three live ammunitions, six empty shells in the chamber, one fragmentation grenade, a wig, and professional driver's license of certain Joel Guc-ong Caburnay from the suspect's wallet.
Duterte, who lauded anew the policemen, also chided the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) for accusations that the vice mayor paid the police for its anti-robbery operations.
"That's the problem of the human rights people. Mao na ila gina-atake sa ako. I do not compensate policemen; the amount given to them were just incentives as I would like to congratulate them for a job well done," Duterte said.
He also criticized some parish priests for having a bleeding heart for criminals.
Police records showed that on Tuesday evening, a robbery suspect identified as Bryan Baniug Macalos, 22, resident of Gulf View in Davao City, was killed in a shootout with Sta. Ana policemen along Sales Street in Davao City.
The police also launched intensified operations against robbery suspects after Vice Mayor Duterte expressed his alarm over the rising incidence of robbery in the city since January this year.
In a related development, police filed Friday a robbery with homicide case against an 18-year-old man and his companion in connection with the killing of Marjorie Kwan.
The Sta. Ana police headed by Senior Inspector Ronald L. Lao filed the case before the City Prosecution Office around 11 a.m. Friday against Carlo Maduyag Millado, 18, a resident of Barpa, Barangay Leon Garcia, Agdao.
When arrested, Millado claimed to be 17 years old, in an apparent bid to be released, but was later known to be already 18.
A witness positively identified Millado as the one who robbed and killed the 23-year-old nurse last February 18. (With Arianne Caryl N. Casas of Sun.Star Davao/Sunnex)