Duterte: Cops, soldiers involved in kidnapping, high-profile killings
MANILA, Philippines – Some members of the police and the military are involved in high-profile killings, President Rodrigo Duterte said Tuesday, following the spate of violent attacks against politicians in the country.
“Itong mga kidnapping, karamihan diyan involved ang pulis. High-profile killing, may involved diyan Army, pulis, pati NPA (New People’s Army),” Duterte told participants to the Barangay Summit on Peace and Order in Pasay City.
The President, however, did not elaborate.
In December last year, AKO Bicol Rep. Rodel Batocabe, 52, was gunned down after a gift-giving event in Daraga, Albay.
Former Kadingilan town mayor in Bukidnon Joelito Talaid was also ambushed in December.
In October 2018, Mayor Alexander Buquing of Sudipen town in La Union and his driver, Boni Depdepen, and security officer, PO2 Rolando Juanbe died after being shot.
Mayor Ferdinand Bote of General Tinio, Nueva Ecija was also killed in an ambush in Cabanatuan City in July 2018.
Tanauan Batangas Mayor Antonio Halili was also shot dead during a flag-raising ceremony./kga
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