2 Zambo cops killed in shootout with CITF

Published August 20, 2018, 3:09 PM

by iManila Developer

By Nonoy Lacson

ZAMBOANGA CITY – Two policemen, suspected of being engaged in the illegal drug trade, were killed in a reported shootout with elite personnel of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Counter Intelligence Task Force-Camp Crame (CITF) Saturday afternoon in the village of Ayala, west of this city.


Police Director for Zamboanga peninsula Chief Supt. Billy Beltran identified the two slain policemen as PO2 Maria Oliver Olaso and PO3 Ronald Bernardo, both assigned with the Ayala Police Station.

Beltran said that the Camp Crame-based CITF coordinated with his office for a conduct of a special operation in Ayala that resulted in an operation to collar the two policemen.

A police report showed that shortly before 3 p.m., Saturday, residents in Ayala heard successive gun shots coming from the vicinity of a house owned by a former Ayala barangay official.

Moments later, residents saw Olaso and Bernardo lying in pools of their own blood.

Beltran said that CITF-Camp Crame agents who posed as shabu buyers were able to recover two medium sachets of suspected shabu from the two slain policemen, a .45-caliber pistol and a 9mm pistol.

The police also recovered several identification cards from them, some cellular phones, ATM cards and cash.

Initial report disclosed that Olaso and Bernardo allegedly resisted arrest, resulting in the bloody shootout.

CITF was formed by the PNP top brass, on orders of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, to monitor and run after scalawag policemen and soldiers known to be engaged in criminal activities like drugs, extortion and kidnapping.

The CITF has already neutralized a considerable number of scalawag cops and soldiers in the National Capital Region (NCR) and other big cities of the country.