Negros Oriental Police Chief Fired Over Killings in the Province

The killings in Negros Oriental continues. Negros Oriental Provincial Police Director Col. Raul S. Tacaca was relieved last Wednesday, July 31, 2019, from his post. Due to the numbers of killings, highlighted by the death of 4 cops in Ayungon, the police chief is fired. Staff Master Sergeant Edilberto Euraoba III, Negros Oriental Provincial Police Office (NOPPO) spokesperson, confirmed this late Wednesday afternoon, but no other details are available yet.

4 Cops Killed in Negros Oriental

The death of four cops in Ayungon has caused local and national motion. Philippine President Duterte even visits the four slain cops last July 20, 2019; two days after the four cops were killed. The slain police officers were identified as Police Corporal Relebert Beronio and Patrolmen Raffy Callao, Ruel Cabellon, and Marquino de Leon. They were killed in Sitio Ilaya Yamot, Barangay Mabato in Ayungon town in Negros Oriental.

The four cops slain in Ayungon ambush – Negros Oriental.

President to Reward Php 5 Million – Dead or Alive Killer

After President Duterte’s visited the four cops he vowed to give financial and educational support and jobs to their families. He also made a public announcement that he will reward Php 1 Million for the capture, dead or alive, of the killers of the slain policemen. An additional Php 100,000 reward for every participant in the killing. By July 22, he raised the reward to Php 1.3 Million during his State of the Nation Address (SONA) 2019. On July 25, 2019, he raised it again to a total of Php 3 Million. As of yesterday, July 31, 2019, he raised the bounty to Php 5 Million.

The Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo stated yesterday, Wednesday, that the President has also issued a stern warning that the members of the NPA in Negros have gone overboard and that their killings have become brazen and unbridled where men in uniform, as well as civilians are murdered with impunity.

“The Chief Executive is cautioning the enemies of the state in the island of Negros that he will use his emergency powers under the Constitution to quell the lawless violence engulfing the island, as well as to crush all forms of threats aimed to destroy the government,” he added.

Killings in Negros Oriental

Immediately after that, a series of shooting incidents were recorded by the police from July 23 to 29, with 16 deaths reported. Not all of the killings were linked to the National People’s Army, however, as Brig. Gen. Debold Sinas, director of the Police Regional Office-7, disclosed this past weekend that several other motives are being eyed by investigators.

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