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.
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.