The police filed frustrated murder charges Wednesday against an alleged hitman of the New People’s Army, in connection with the failed attempt to kill a government militiaman Saturday last week in Cauayan, Negros Occidental.
Chief Inspector Gary Alan Resuma, Cauayan police chief, yesterday said that the respondent in the attempted murder charges, he identified as Jeryn Palermo, who was apprehended Sunday in Sitio Dungga, Brgy. Camalanda-an, Cauayan, was charged before the Kabankalan City Prosecutor’s Office.
Resuma said Palermo was claimed by witnesses as one of the suspects who tried to assassinate CAFGU member Geresola. But Geresola was not hit when he was fired at by one of the gunmen identified later by police as a certain Ka Kim.
Palermo was arrested by Army soldiers, who were pursuing suspected NPA assassins behind the attempt to kill Geresola. Another alleged rebel hitman identified by the Cauayan police as George Ylanan was also killed during the pursuit operations of the Philippine Army.
Recovered from the slain Ylanan, who also turned out to be a drug surrenderer, were a homemade pistolized shotgun with a dud bullet in the chamber, as well as five live ammunition of a 12-gauge shotgun.
Soldiers also recovered a .38 caliber revolver without ammunition, two magazines of a .45 caliber pistol, a Lenovo cellular phone, assorted identification cards, a blue athletic police uniform, two camouflage T-shirts, and assorted short pants, placed a green backpack.*GPB
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