By Calvin Cordova
CEBU CITY—A policeman was killed while his wife was wounded after they were ambushed by unidentified gunmen in Barangay Guiwanon, Maribojoc town, Bohol last Monday night.
Cpl. Arnel Bayot, who was assigned at the Police Mobile Force Company in Ubay, Bohol, succumbed to multiple gunshot wounds in the body and head.
The policeman’s wife, Richelle, was rushed to a hospital with gunshot wounds in the left leg and arms.
Police Col. Jonathan Cabal, chief of the Bohol Provincial Police Office (BPPO), said the couple were aboard a white Toyota Corolla on their way home to Barangay Tinangnan, Tubigon when they were waylaid along the national highway at around 8 p.m.
Cabal said 16 empty shells for an M-16 rifle were recovered at the crime scene.
“We are still checking how many perpetrators were there. We can determine if the spent shells came from the same or different firearms through ballistic examinations,” said Cabal.
Cabal revealed that the policeman had undergone a moral recovery program.
“I will be checking why he had to undergo a moral recovery program,” said Cabal.
Cabal added that Bayot’s father, who was also policeman, was also killed in an ambush in 2003 in Calape, Bohol.
“He and his father suffered the same fate so we will be checking the character of the family and find out if they were in conflict with some people,” said Cabal.
Bayot was previously assigned at the Cebu Provincial Police Office.
“As an operative, he may have earned enemies while he was in CPPO. That’s something that we will try to check,” Cabal said.
Investigators are looking for witnesses who could help identify the perpetrators.
“The ambush happened in a secluded area. We still don’t have witnesses that’s why we are calling on the public who can provide information that would give us leads to come forward,” said Cabal.