PNP chief orders relief of all officers involved in Ozamis gang leaders gun-slay

July 16, 2013 11:25 pm 

MANILA, July 16 – Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Alan Purisima has ordered the relief of all police officers implicated in the gun-slay of two leaders of the Ozamis crime group in San Pedro, Laguna Monday night.

This was done pending the investigation of the circumstances that led to the death of crime leader Ricky Cadavero alias “Kambal” and Wilfredo Panogalinga alias “Kulot”.

Purisima's relief order covers all involved police escorts, as well as their immediate commanders.

Chief Supt. Benito Estipona, Calabarzon police director, earlier said the two were escorted by at least six police officers at the time they were attacked by suspected Ozamis crime group members in San Pedro, Laguna.

Purisima said he has also ordered the Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management to organize a fact-finding team to look into the criminal aspects of this incident.

“We will leave no stone unturned in this investigation. We assure the public that this will be fair and the results will be made known as soon as possible,” he said.

Supt. Erwin Oban, Calabarzon police spokesperson, claimed that the attack on the convoy carrying Cadavero and Panogalinga was an attempt to rescue them.

The attack occurred around 6:30 p.m. at the vicinity of Barangay San Antonio, San Pedro, Laguna while the convicts were being transported back to the police camp after attending an inquest proceeding for their illegal possession of firearms and explosives case.

Cadavero is also involved in several robbery incidents of money changers and banks in Metro Manila, including the incident at Alabang Town Center in Muntinlupa in 2011.

Panogalinga, on the other hand, is said to be a key suspect in the shooting of American Robert Armstrong during a robbery at a 7-11 convenience store in Malate, Manila, last September 2012.

The Ozamis group, which they lead, is also believed to have been involved in helping three Chinese drug convicts flee in Cavite last February. (PNA)



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