By: Aurell P. Arais
Malaybalay City - A policeman was killed in gunfight at the gate of Bukidnon PNP provincial command in Malaybalay City at around 9:20 in the evening February 28, 2007.
Police Supt. Juan Ratunil, PNP Bukidnon provincial director identified the fatality as PO2 Procoro Lutrago, a member of 1003rd provincial mobile group.
According to report, the slain police while on duty at the gate, two unidentified person approached and shot him several times using an unknown caliber of pistol.
Two other policemen responded that prompted an exchange of fire. However, the suspects able to fled to an unknown direction.
It was not certain if any of the suspects was hit during the encounter.
Some accounts of witness said that the two suspects fled from the crime scene riding a motorcycle.
In hot pursuit operation, an abandoned motorcycle was recovered at Brgy. 9, this city without plate number believed used by the suspects.
Ratunil said that before the suspects fled they brought the armalite rifle of the slain policeman.
The slain policeman succumbed to death with 20 gun shots in different parts of the body.
It was also uncertain if the incident was a direct attack against the provincial command or a personal motive in nature.
As of press time an investigation is still going on.
Meanwhile, Ratunil clarified that the said incident will not affect the on going Kaamulan Festival and 90th Foundation Day celebration of the province.
Bukidnon PNP beefed up its security measures to prevent the same attack in the future.