Cagayan police hunt killers of barangay chairman in Piat town

PIAT, Cagayan -- Police Colonel Renell R Sabaldica, Provincial Director of Cagayan Police Provincial Office (CPPO), alerted all police stations for the possible arrest of gunmen riding in tandem that was responsible for the death of barangay chairman Roberto De Ocampo in barangay Gumarueng here Wednesday, August 10.

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Police Captain Isabelita Gano, Information officer (CPPO), said the directive of Colonel Sabaldica was immediately implemented.

Reports said that Roberto De Ocampo, 50, incumbent Brgy Chairman of Brgy. Anurturu, Rizal was with his wife Leonora De Ocampo while traversing the provincial road in Brgy. Gumarueng in Piat on their way to the municipality of Rizal.

The barangay chairman was on board his mini truck when motorcycle-riding assailants fired several shots at him.

The victim sustained gunshot wounds on the different parts of his body.

“Nagtamo naman ng galos ang may bahay ni chairman dahil bumanga sila sa poste ng kuryente, (The victim’s wife sustained bruises because the vehicle they were riding rammed an electric post),” said Captain Gano.

The responding police officers who noticed the victim was still breathing when they arrived immediately rushed him to Tuao District Hospital but was declared dead on arrival.

Piat policemen are now conducting a drag net operation and likewise coordinated with other adjacent municipalities and friendly forces for possible apprehension of the perpetrators.