1 confirmed dead as standoff continues between Abra cops, vice mayor | Inquirer News

1 confirmed dead as standoff continues between Abra cops, vice mayor

Abra

BAGUIO CITY––Policemen in the middle of a standoff with officials of Pilar town in Abra province were allowed Wednesday to retrieve the remains of a fatality and the van involved in a checkpoint violation that turned violent Tuesday.

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The body belonged to a security aide of Vice Mayor Jaja Josefina Somera-Disono, who had refused to leave her residence after an exchange of gunfire between Pilar police and a group of men who took shelter at her home.

Disono’s bodyguard was identified as Sandee Boy Bermudo, of legal age, according to the Philippine National Police (PNP).

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Capt. Ronaldo Eslabra, Pilar police chief, said they were granted access to the body and a Toyota Hiace van that the police had chased after it sped through an election checkpoint in the middle of a busy street in the town center.

Crime scene investigation by a PNP Forensic Unit on the suspects’ Toyota Hiace van initially yielded a 9mm Stribog SP9A3 pistol carbine, and a magazine with 20 rounds of ammunition.

The policemen said the van hit two members of the Police Regional Mobile Force Battalion before one of its passengers allegedly fired a shot, hitting the windshield of a cop vehicle.

The van and the recovered body will undergo a forensic examination. Eslabra is leading negotiations with Disono to resolve what is now a two-day impasse.

The Cordillera police, meanwhile, denied that the incident was not a case of harassment but a legitimate hot-pursuit operation.

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TAGS: Abra, checkpoint violation, Cordillera Police, Jaja Josefina Disono, Pilar, Pilar town, Police, standoff
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