CAMP OLA, Albay – A suspected gun-for-hire leader in Camarines Norte province and his companion were killed in a shootout in Labo town on Wednesday morning.
The fatalities were identified by Police Regional Office 5 (PRO-5) spokesperson Maj. Malu Calubaquib as Jonel Sayno Alcanzo, leader of Alcanzo Gun-for-Hire Group and Joseph Demate Piad, alias “Bukol/Bokel.” Alcanzo is also an alleged member of the New People’s Army (NPA).
Calubaquib said that while police were about to serve two search warrants on Alcanzo, he fired at the policemen prompting them to retaliate.
Alcanzo and Piad were killed during the encounter while another companion identified as Nicolas Cal Placio alias “Olay” was arrested.
“Driven by its solid commitment to maintain peace and order in the region, PRO 5 continued its anti-criminality campaign which resulted in the death of two suspects and the arrest of another during the simultaneous implementation of search warrant for Violation of RA10591 on December 16, 2020 at Purok-3, Brgy. Anamean, Labo Camarines Norte,” Calubaquib said.
Recovered from the suspects were 1 unit of caliber 45, 1 unit of carbine rifle, 1 MK2 fragmentation hand grenade and one bandolier with assorted M16 magazine with live ammunitions from Alcanzo, and one Caliber 38, 1 improvised Caliber 22 rifle, 1 replica of caliber 9mm pistol, and a bolo from alias “Bukol/Bokel.”
Police also confiscated one Smith and Wesson caliber 38 from Placio.
“Coordination with the Camarines Norte Provincial Crime Laboratory Office (CNPCLO) has already been undertaken for the processing of the crime scene. The recovered items are also in its custody for proper disposition,” Calubaquib said.
The bodies of the suspects were brought to the funeral home for the conduct of post mortem examination while the arrested person is now under the custody of Labo Municipal Police Station (MPS).
“This accomplishment is a confirmation of the strong will of the Kasurog cops to end local communist armed conflict in the region which is anchored on Executive Order No. 70. Thus, the entire PNP Bicol vows to keep its efforts by institutionalizing the whole-of-a-nation approach in truly realizing its goals for a safer and more peaceful community. Brig. Gen. Bartolome Bustamante, director of PRO-5, commended the efforts of the operating teams composed of personnel from RSOU-RID5, RPDEU-RID5, CNPIU, CN2NDPMFC, 94TH SAC, 9 SAB, 501 RMFB, PNP-SAF and Labo MPS for demonstrating their bravery and dedication in fulfilling their sworn duties,” she said.