Friday, June 21, 2013

Army joins manhunt vs. father-son tandem who killed cop in North Cotabato

From the Philippine News Agency (Jun 21): Army joins manhunt vs. father-son tandem who killed cop in North Cotabato
Police and military authorities in North Cotabato have joined forces in searching for a father and son suspects who killed a police officer serving search warrant in the mountain town of President Roxas on Wednesday.

Law enforcers are hunting down Willie Pepito and his son George who shot Senior Police Officer 2 Eldorado Dollosa while the police officer was serving search warrant at 4 a.m. on Wednesday. George used a 12-gauge shotgun in refusing to surrender and allow the search.

The suspects were facing illegal possession of firearms and explosives and violation of the election gun ban.

Intelligence reports gathered by police and Army agents showed the suspects have sought refuge from the New People's Army (NPA) operating in North Cotabato and in Bukidnon.

Dollosa sustained wounds from pellet wounds in the head and different parts of his body. He died while being rushed to a hospital in nearby Antipas town, also in North Cotabato.

Reports said Dollos was knocking on the house of the Pepitos in Barangay Greenhills when he was shot at close range.

Senior Inspector Marlo Dolar, President Roxas police chief, said the suspects escaped through the backdoor and fled towards a nearby corn farm then to the thickly forested area of Barangay Greenhills.

Elements of the Army Special Forces and 57th Infantry Battalion are now helping the local police in locating the suspects.

However, relatives of the Pepitos claimed the incident was triggered by a long standing land dispute involving the Cornelio clan.

Insp. Dolar said the land dispute was another thing and the possession of firearms was another.

The search warrant was served because police intelligence agents confirmed the father and son tandem was in possession of firearms.

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