Gamboa orders region-wide pursuit operation vs group responsible in cop slay in Misamis Oriental

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Philippine National Police General Archie Francisco Gamboa has ordered a “regional-wide hot pursuit operation” against the remnants of an armed group involved in a recent encounter with policemen in Misamis Oriental that killed a police officer and wounded another.

Police Brig. Gen. Bernard Banac said Gamboa also expressed his condolences to the family of Police Senior Staff Sergeant Ronald Caayupan, a member of the Libertad Municipal Police Station (MPS) and died during the firefight Monday, February 17.

He said Gamboa also assured that the PNP will give all the legal benefits entitled to Caayupan’s dependents.

Police Chief Master Sergeant Fernando Maestrado was wounded in the firefight and is now recuperating at Initao Provincial Hospital.

The police report said personnel of Libertad MPS conducted a checkpoint operation in Poblacion until they tried to flag down a white Mitsubishi Mirage boarded by five armed men. Without apparent reason, the armed group instantly fired at the police officers.

In the ensuing firefight, one of the suspects, Jephone Fabriga Tinamisan, 33, of Ozamis City died, while one of his cohorts was arrested in a hot pursuit operation and identified as Richard Son Perez, 31, of Cebu City.