By Argyll Geducos
President Duterte has offered a P1-million bounty for the capture, dead or alive, of the suspects behind the ambush on four policemen in Ayungon, Negros Oriental, on Thursday.
The reward offer was made following the visit of President Duterte at the wake of the four slain policemen at Camp Francisco Fernandez, Sibulan, Negros Oriental, late Saturday evening.
Panelo said the President condoled with the bereaved families of Corporal Relebert Beronio, Patrolman Raffy Callao, Patrolman Ruel Cabellon, and Patrolman Marquino de Leon.
They were intelligence personnel from the 704th Mobile Force Company Regional Mobile Force Battalion of the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Central Visayas.
After visiting the wake, Panelo said the Chief Executive convened a Command Conference with the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) where the developments relative to the investigation on the incident were discussed.
“According to the President, a P1-million reward will be given for the capture, whether dead or alive, of the masterminds, perpetrators, and main shooters of the four police intel personnel. A P50,000 reward, on the other hand, will be given for the capture of all the conspirators involved in this felonious activity,” he said.
The Office of the President assured the families of the slain policemen that justice will be served.
“We will ensure that justice will be served to those behind this condemnable offense against our peace enforcers. The full force of the law will come crashing down on the perpetrators,” he said.
Based on initial reports, the policemen were verifying the reported New People’s Army (NPA) presence in Barangay Mabato in Ayungon town when they were attacked. Their firearms were taken by the rebels and the motorcycles they were using went missing.
The President conferred on the slain policemen the Order of Lapu-Lapu, Rank of Kalasag.
The Order of Lapu-Lapu is given to persons in government or private sector who have rendered extraordinary service or have made exceptional contributions to the success of the President’s campaign or advocacy.
The Kalasag Medal is awarded to officials and personnel of the government and private individuals who lost their lives as a direct result of their participation in an activity pursuant to a campaign or advocacy of the President.