By Jean Fernando
A policeman assigned to the Regional Mobile Force Battalion 3rd Company- National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO-RFMB) died after being shot by a perpetrator riding-in-tandem Tuesday night (June 9) in Parañaque City.
City police chief Col. Robin King Sarmiento said the victim was identified as Corporal Michael Banaag, who died on the spot after suffering several gunshot wounds in the body and face.
Investigation showed the incident happened at about 7:15 p.m. along Ibay St., East Service Road, Barangay San Martin de Porres.
The police said Banaag, who was still in complete uniform, was on board his Yamaha motorcycle on his way home. While he was traversing East Service Road, the suspects, also on board a motorcycle, suddenly appeared and shot the policeman several times.
According to the police, the two suspects reportedly alighted from their motorcycle, approached Banaag, and fired another shot to ensure he was dead, after which they boarded their motorcycle again and fled northward.
King said based on their investigation, Banaag had been receiving numerous death threats for being a longtime anti-illegal drug operative when he was still assigned at the Manila Police District (MPD) before being recently assigned to NCRPO-RMFB.
He said that they are still conducting an investigation to determine the motive of the killing, and could not determine whether it had something to do with Banaag’s former assignment at the MPD.
Southern Police District scene-of-the-crime operatives led by Maj. Rhea Cornelio, who conducted the technical investigation, recovered 11 fired cartridge cases from an unknown caliber and one slug.
Banaag’s service Berreta pistol with the Philippine National Police logo was also recovered at the crime scene.
King said they are now studying the CCTV footage installed at the area to identify the suspects.