Cop slain in clash with NPA hailed as hero in Tuguegarao funeral
TUGUEGARAO CITY—Relatives and friends hailed as a hero the policeman from this city, who was killed in a clash with New People’s Army (NPA) guerrillas in Camarines Norte last March 19.
The remains of Patrolman Joey Cuarteros were flown here last week and buried last March 27.
Four others were killed and two were wounded when ambushed by NPA guerrillas in the town of Labo, Camarines Norte.
Cuarteros’ widow, Jaybee, denounced the guerrillas as she pleaded for swift justice.
“Those who killed my husband, I do not know your purpose,” Jaybee said.
“Why do you have to kill? For your supporters, your conscience will haunt you. You have children and families. You should think about the good of all. If there is another way, do not kill,” she said in Filipino.
Relatives who joined the funeral march waved placards and banners with the messages: “Patrolman Cuarteros, our Hero” and “Huwag magpalinlang, labanan ang karahasan (Don’t be deceived, fight violence),” and “CPP-NPA Salot! (CPP-NPA pestilence)”
The Cagayan-born policeman was assigned to the first platoon of the 2nd Police Mobile Force Company at the time of his death.
He was on patrol when he and his police colleagues clashed with the guerrillas past 9 a.m.
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