Albayalde gives posthumous award to fallen Nueva Ecija cop

Published July 20, 2018, 7:02 PM

by Roel Tibay

By Franco Regala

CAMP OLIVAS, Pampanga– Philippine National Police (PNP) chief, Director General Oscar Albayalde on Thursday paid tribute to the bravery and commitment to duty of Police Officer 1 Mariano Emmanuel Caparas, of Gen. Tinio Municipal Police Station, who slain by a suspected drug pusher in a buy bust in Barangay Pias, Gen. Tinio, Nueva Ecija, last Monday.

PNP CHIEF DIR GEN. Oscar Albayalde, speaks during a press conferecne about the recently concluded Barangay and SK Election 2018, at the PNP National Election Monitoring Center (NEMAC) at Camp Crame in Quezon City, May 15 2018. According to the PNP, the election is generally peaceful. (Mark Balmores)
PNP CHIEF DIR GEN. Oscar Albayalde (Mark Balmores/MANILA BULLETIN)

Albayalde, together with Chief Superintendent Amador Corpus, Police Regional Office 3 (PRO3) director and Senior Superintendent Eliseo Tanding, Nueva Ecija police director conferred a posthumous heroism award on the fallen police officer when he visited his wake at his wake in their residence in Sitio Libis, Barangay Bago Gen. Tinio, Nueva Ecija, Thursday afternoon.

Caparas along with other police operatives conduct of a buy-bust operation against drug personalities identified as Albert Gutierrez, last Monday.

However, the suspect suddenly drew a short firearm and shot the police officer hitting in the chest and causing his death.

The drug suspect was likewise shot dead by the backup policemen.

Albayalde said Caparas is the 45th policeman to be killed by suspects since the government waged an all-out war against illegal drugs.

“More than a thousand others were wounded in similar operations,” Albayalde said.

Albayalde also extended financial support to the slain policeman’s widow, Lyka Camil, who is six months pregnant with their first baby.

He divulged that some people only see negative things in the anti-drug war despite the sacrifices of policemen.

To make sure all the benefits due to the Caparas family will be received, Albayalde assigned Senior Inspector Gemma Lomboy of the Nueva Ecija Police Provincial Office (NEPPO) as survivor officer.

A survivor officer, according to him, will process the documentary requirements all the way to the release of benefits.