NPA rebels kill cop in Iloilo town

Published June 16, 2020, 12:00 AM

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By Tara Yap

ILOILO CITY—A police officer was killed in Tubungan town, Iloilo province June 15 by armed men, who identified themselves as members of the New People’s Army (NPA).

The victim was identified as Master Sergeant Arnel Paurillo, who was assigned at the Tubungan Municipal Police Station (Tubungan MPS), and detached service with the Provincial Drugs Enforcement Unit (PDEU) of the Iloilo Police Provincial Office (IPPO).

Tubungan MPS Chief Lieutenant Jose Romel Samson said Paurillo was killed by four armed men in Teniente Benito village while waiting for an intelligence operative to arrest a wanted person.

Citing witnesses, Samson said the four NPA rebels shot Paurillo several times without any provocation. The policeman died on the spot.

Police Regional Office (PRO-6) Director Brigadier General Rene Pamuspusan ordered for an in-depth investigation on Paurillo’s death.

Meanwhile, the IPPO hierarchy has condemned Paurillo’s killing under the hands of NPA rebels.

“We are deeply saddened by the death of Master Sergeant Paurillo in the course of fulfilling his duty to enforce the law and fight criminality,” said IPPO Director Colonel Paul Kenneth Lucas.