Gen. Guillermo Lorenzo Eleazar, chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP), ordered on Wednesday, Nov. 3, all unit commanders to intensify the crime prevention measures especially in urban areas following the killing of a barangay captain in Caloocan City.
Eleazar specifically tasked local commanders to map out security plans against motorcycle-riding criminals, saying the modus of using motorcycles as getaway would be used anew with the easing of restrictions towards the Holiday season.
On Monday evening (Nov. 1), motorcycle-riding gunmen shot dead Barangay 143 chairman Jerry Apostol and wounded his wife.
After repeatedly shooting Apostol, the fleeing suspects reportedly still fired shots in the air which scared the civilians in the area.
“We will be looking into all angles to identify and arrest the suspects,” said Eleazar.
Apostol died on the spot while his wife suffered a bulletwound on the leg.
Eleazar also expressed condolences to the family of Apostol and vowed that he will monitor the progress of the investigation.
He also asked the assistance of any person who has knowledge of the incident in order to expedite the investigation.