Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Army probes shooting of civilian in Tagum City

From the Philippine News Agency (Aug 9): Army probes shooting of civilian in Tagum City

The 10th Infantry (Agila) Division of the Philippine Army is investigating the alleged involvement of a trooper in the fatal shooting of a civilian last Aug. 7 in Tagum City.

In a statement to the media in Davao City, 10th ID chief information officer, Capt. Rhyan Batchar, said Maj. Gen. Rafael Valencia has already directed the commander of the 60th Infantry Battalion (IB) to cooperate and support the investigation being conducted by the Tagum City Police regarding the incident.

Last Sunday, Private 1st Class (PFC) Ian Paul Pascua was reportedly involved in the fatal shooting of Juan Clarion Alcarez, 62, a civilian and a resident of Barangay Cuambogan, Tagum City.

The incident took place at about 12:45 noon in Purok Maaharlika, Barangay Cuambongan.

The victim died on the spot while Pascua fled after the incident. Pascua is a member of the Alpha Company of the 60th IB, Batchar added.

Batchar said a manhunt was immediately launched against Pascua but he surrendered to his company commander at about 5 p.m. on Sunday.

“We will fully support and cooperate with the investigations that the Philippine National Police and other concerned agencies will undertake. The command does not condone any misbehavior or participation in criminal acts of our soldiers,” Batchar said.


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