By Liezle Basa-Iñigo
CALASIAO, Pangasinan– A retired police general was killed Thursday, January 9, in an ambush staged by still unidentified assailants in front of the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) office in Barangay Nalsian here.
Retired general Marlou Chan, who also served as provincial director of Pangasinan and Ilocos Norte, died due to multiple gunshot wounds in the 2:15 p.m. ambush.
Chan, who had just retired last March 2019, was with his driver onboard a pickup truck when they were waylaid by four gunmen.
“The four suspects were riding in tandem aboard an Nmax and mio scooter when Chan was shot several times”, Col. Redrico Maranan, police provincial director said.
Information gathered showed that Chan sustained at least 12 bullet wounds inflicted by a .45-caliber pistol used by the perpetrators.
Based on the CCTV footage, the perpetrators fled towards the direction of Urdaneta City after the caper.
Chan’s driver was still able to drive his boss to the hospital where Chan was declared dead on-arrival.
Among the 12 bullet wounds in his body, two hit him in the neck, which were, by themselves, fatal.
PNP authorities immediately formed the Special Investigation Task Group (SITG) Chan Thursday evening.
Maranan said that the group was composed of officers from the Regional Investigation Division, Pangasinan PPO, and Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) Pangasinan.
Maranan said Chan’s driver told investigators that they arrived in Pangasinan from Taguig for an appointment.
“The suspects were already seen going around the area well before the crime happened”, said Maranan, pointing out the suspects in the CCTV footages recovered.
Maranan noted they were already evaluating possible persons of interest.
“Everyone he has spoken with some time before the crime happened will be considered persons of interest”, Maranan added.
Police may consider his previous work as a police officer, or an old grudge as possible motive for the killing of Chan.
“Masyadong makulay ang buhay ni Chan “, Maranan said in a press conference.
Likewise , Maranan assured that the killing may soon be solved with the help of witnesses and gathered pieces of evidence.