(SOD/TF Limbas), Regional Highway Patrol Unit 4a (RHPU4a), Biñan City cops, and concerned local citizens through a shootout at about 1:00 AM today, November 1, 2020.
Acting on a tip about a planned assassination of a Biñan City local official, SOD/TF Limbas Officer-in-Charge POLICE LIEUTENANT COLONEL JOEL MANUEL ANA immediately sent out SOD/TF Limbas plainclothes operatives, motorcycle, and mobile teams in coordination with the Biñan City Police Chief POLICE LIEUTENANT COLONEL GIOVANNI MARTINEZ and RHPU4a Chief POLICE LIEUTENANT COLONEL SAMSON BELMONTE.
The suspects, who were aboard a blue Ford Fiesta sporting a “MAYOR” front plate and TFF04 at the rear, were spotted near the Shell Gasoline Station along the Manila South Road in Barangay San Antonio, Biñan City, at about 12:55 AM and were immediately flagged down. The suspects immediately opened fire at the enforcers and sped off towards the Pavilion Mall’s direction, counterflowing a one-way road along Zapote-Jubilation Road.
Mobile teams were able to set a roadblock while pursuing operatives were able to corner the suspects, causing them to lose control and crash their vehicle by the elevated curb. The two suspects opened fire despite the operating teams’ repeated warning orders, forcing the police to engage them in a brief firefight that killed both suspects.
The two suspects were later identified as ex-convicts and members of a gun-for-hire group operating in the South Luzon area. Retrieved from the scene were one .45-caliber pistol and .38-caliber revolver, both with ammunition, spent shells, assorted fake Government IDs, fake plate numbers, sketch and pictures indicating the slain suspects’ possible plan of execution.
“Let this be a reminder to all crooks out there that justice does not sleep,” HPG Director POLICE BRIGADIER GENERAL ALEXANDER CAMILON TAGUM exclaimed. He added, “I encourage the public to continue to coordinate with our law enforcers so we could capture these criminals the soonest possible time. We assure everyone that we will continue to intensify our presence on thoroughfares and in communities to ensure that crime will not gain a foothold.”