A policeman, who had gone AWOL (Absent Without Leave) almost two years ago, was killed on Saturday, when he resisted arrest and allegedly tried to shoot a member of the arresting police team in Purok Yanson, Brgy. 18, Bacolod City.
Killed in the operation of the City Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group was Police Officer 2 Franchis Philip Cañete, who used to be assigned at the BCPO Station 9.
Cañete succumbed to two gunshot wounds in the breast, Chief Inspector Jerick Filosopo, chief of the CAIDSOTG of the Bacolod police, said yesterday.
A 9 mm Glock pistol and suspected shabu estimated at between 18 to 25 grams, with market value of about P120,000 were recovered by the police during the buy-bust operation, Filosopo said.
Cañete, who joined the police service in 2008, was confirmed and validated to have been engaged in the illegal drug trade, and a high-value target of the Bacolod police, its spokesperson, Chief Inspector Dianne Grace Catedral, disclosed yesterday.
Catedral justified the shooting of Cañete, who attempted to shoot one of the arresting police officers. “It is justifiable once there is imminent danger on the life of police officers during police operations”, she said.
Last week, Police Officer 1 Ryan Encarnacion, who was assigned at BCPO and had been on AWOL status since 2015, was also among the six suspects arrested during a raid at Purok Bulgan in Brgy. 1, Bacolod City.
The raid at the house of Wendell Mabugat, yielded not only suspected shabu, a 22 caliber revolver, among others, but also police uniforms, PNP identification card and a bag with the name of a police officer.
Catedral said they are now investigating the case.
Two policemen assigned at the BCPO had earlier tested positive for drug use.
More than 1,000 police officers in Negros island have been subjected to drug testing in the past two weeks.*GPB
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