Tag Archive: Pampanga

Five suspected communist rebels were killed while another was captured in a clash with policemen in Mexico, Pampanga, early Tuesday, police said.

Killed were four men and a woman who are all believed to be members of the Marxist-Leninist Party of the Philippines-Rebolusyunaryong Hukbong Bayan (MLPP-RHB), Pampanga provincial police director Senior Superintendent Rodolfo Recomono said.

The five were later identified as Roel Gomez alias “Ka Remy,” 32; Ruth Liberty Vudade-Abalong, 29; Evan Balaguis alias “Ka Lina,” 23; Renato Nucum alias “Toys,” 52; and Aries Nucum alias “Ka Amy, 25.

They were brought to the Mexico Community Hospital for treatment after the clash, but all were pronounced dead by doctors, provincial police spokesperson Superintendent Anna Liza Guzman said.

One Ryan Lising, 28, was arrested after authorities found him carrying a loaded caliber-.45 pistol, she said.

The clash occurred around 1:20 a.m. in Brgy. San Jose Matulid.

Elements of the provincial police’s intelligence branch, Special Weapons and Tactics unit, and Mexico Police carried out an operation after learning of the presence of MLPP-RHB members in the area, Recomono said in a text message.

The suspects were allegedly involved in incidents of robbery/hold-up, car thefts, as well as gun-for-hire and extortion activities, in Pampanga and nearby provinces, he said.

Operatives seized four short firearms, two Carbine rifles, an M16 rifle, a hand grenade, a bow and three arrows, a crossbow, subversive documents, electronic gadgets, and a pair of binoculars from the suspects, Guzman said.

Four unregistered motorcycles were also found at the scene, Recomono said.

The MLPP-RHB, whose members are mostly based in Central Luzon, is a group that broke away from the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army in the 90s. (John Roson)

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6 massacred in Pampanga

Six persons were killed while another was seriously injured after being shot by suspected robbers inside a home in San Fernando City, Pampanga, on Friday, police said.

Killed were businesswoman Corazon Edejer, 47; her son Kenneth Nolan, 19; stay-in helpers Nelson Hidalgo, 17; “Kakay,” 27; Teresita Camiling, 40; and one Benigno Villanueva, 52, said Pampanga provincial police spokesperson Supt. Anna Liza Guzman.

All succumbed to bullet wounds to the head, Guzman said.

Corazon’s husband Nicolas Edejer, 42, also suffered a bullet wound to the head, but was found alive is now recuperating at a local hospital.

“Mayroon silang business sa palengke, nagbabagsak ng bangus,” Guzman said of the Edejers.

The incident occurred inside the Edejers’ home in L&S Subdivision near the boundary of San Fernando City and Angeles City, Guzman said.

A “concerned citizen” reported discovering the incident around 6 p.m., she said.

Responding policemen found the Edejers lying in separate rooms while their helpers and Villanueva were found in different parts of the house, Guzman said.

A vault that belonged to one of the rooms on the second floor was found in the ground floor, leading investigators to believe that the assailants were robbers.

“‘Yung vault hindi nabuksan, intact. ‘Yun siguro ang kinukuha ng mga suspect. Nasa second floor siya pero naibaba na, hindi nabuksan, iniwan na lang siguro nila kasi matagal na sila,” Guzman said.

The assailants, however, took the DVD recorder of the house’s closed-circuit television (CCTV) camera, apparently to leave no evidence. They also took the family’s Toyota Hi-Lux and used it as their “getaway vehicle,” Guzman said.

The pick-up truck was found abandoned in Concepcion, Tarlac, she said.

Guzman said police in San Fernando City have already invited two persons for “questioning.”

“Mga dati silang nakasama ng mga biktima,” she said of the two. (John Roson)

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Air Force gets 2 new choppers

Two brand new Sokol helicopters have been delivered to the Air Force, raising the number of such helicopters in the military inventory to six.

The two helicopters were airlifted from Poland and arrived at the Clark Air Base in Pampanga on Monday, Air Force spokesman Col. Miguel Ernesto Okol said in a statement Friday.

The helicopters will be turned over to the 505th Search and Rescue Group after undergoing assembly and final checks by the 410th Maintenance Wing, Okol said.

The helicopters, made by Polish firm PZL-Świdnik, are part of the eight that the government bought for P2.5 billion two years ago.

The first batch of four helicopters were delivered last February and the remaining two are expected to be delivered early next year, Okol said. (John Roson)

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15 provinces under election watchlist

Authorities have placed 15 provinces placed under a watchlist for possible violence in the upcoming midterm elections, Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas said.

In a press briefing, Roxas identified the provinces as Abra, Pangasinan, Ilocos Sur, La Union, Cagayan, Pampanga, Nueva Ecija, Batangas, Cavite, Masbate, Samar, Misamis Occidental, Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur, and Basilan.

The provinces, which are home to intense political rivalry, history of armed violence, loose firearms, and private armed groups, are like a “powder keg,” Roxas told reporters.

“Ang mga ito ang may pinaka-high risk na magkaroon ng karahasan,” he said.

More cops on duty, jails checked

Roxas said police task forces will be sent to each of the provinces to help policemen already assigned there in securing the elections.

Police officials that have relatives or classmates who will run for posts in those provinces will be transferred to other areas.

Roxas said jails in the 15 provinces will also undergo a “judicial audit” so authorities can keep tabs of prisoners during the election period.

“Ito’y dahil madalas sinasabi na ang mga preso pinapalabas para gumawa ng karahasan tapos ipapasok lang uli,” he said.

‘The heat is on’

Meanwhile, Roxas said police have already recorded 35 election-related incidents nationwide, including the 15 watchlisted provinces.

“Ngayon pa lang nagkakainitan na,” he said.

In Maguindanao alone, six government officials have already been killed and at four private armed groups were monitored, Deputy Dir. Gen. Alan Purisima, commander of the national police’s election Task Force SAFE, said.

Eighty-five barangays in the province are affected by “threat groups,” Purisima said.

Roxas said 60 active and 47 “potential” private armed groups are being monitored nationwide.

There are 25,065 “loose firearms,” or those in the hands of criminals and rebels, while there are 552,338 firearms whose licenses have not been renewed, he said.

“Kabilang ang mga ito sa mga baril na maaring magamit sa halalan,” he said.

MILF help welcome

Meanwhile, Roxas said he is “open” to suggestions that the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), which just signed a “framework” peace agreement with the government, be tapped to help secure the elections.

However, Roxas said he still has to consult Presidential Peace Adviser Sec. Teresita Deles and chief peace negotiator Marvic Leonen on the matter.

“You have to understand that there’s also been years of mistrust, gaps, but this could be a good confidence-building measure,” he said. (John Roson)

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Cop found dead inside car in Pampanga

A policeman was found dead inside a car in Floridablanca, Pampanga, on Sunday, after being shot several times by still unidentified gunmen, a police report said.

PO2 Reynaldo Gutierrez, assigned at the Mexico Police Station also in Pampanga, suffered five bullet wounds to the chest, abdomen, and face, according to a report from the Central Luzon regional police.

Gutierrez’s body was found inside a Toyota Innova (NON-296) parked in Brgy. Paguiruan. Initial investigation indicated that he was shot with a caliber-.45 pistol.

“[The police officer is] believed to have been killed somewhere and was only dumped at the said place to mislead investigation,” the report said.

Members of the Floridablanca Police and Pampanga Provincial Police intelligence branch are presently coordinating with the Mexico Police to determine the killers’ motive and identities. (John Roson)

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Two suspected New People’s Army (NPA) members got killed in a shootout with authorities in Bacolor, Pampanga, Tuesday morning, police reported.

The slain suspects have yet to be identified, but they yielded three copies of an “extortion letter” with logos and letterheads of the Bagong Hukbong Bayan and Palermo Ortanez Command, according to an initial report from the Central Luzon regional police.

The incident occurred around 3:50 a.m. along the MacArthur Highway in Sitio Banlic, Brgy. Cabalantian.

Superintendent Romeo de Castro, Central Luzon regional police spokesman, said members of the Bacolor Police and Pampanga PNP Provincial Public Safety Company were conducting a checkpoint and were about to flag down two men on a motorcycle when these ignored the lawmen and sped off.

“A brief case ensued. Shots rang out as the suspects fired towards the pursuing PNP personnel. The encounter lasted for a few minutes [and] resulted in the suspects’ death,” De Castro said in a statement.

Aside from the letters, which also bear the name “Ka Terry,” police recovered at the scene a caliber-.45 pistol with two live ammunition and an empty shell, a caliber-.45 pistol with four live ammunition, a blue motorcycle without a registration plate, and empty shells from caliber-.45 pistols, an M16 rifle, and a caliber-.9mm handgun. (John Roson)

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