LEGAZPI CITY: A chief of police in Albay was killed by a bullet from a sniper by a group of alleged criminal gang being pursued in a remote village at dawn on Tuesday, police said.
Senior Inspector Joerem Kallos, police chief of Libon town in Albay was leading a group of policemen on checkpoint in Sitio Pinagbadilan in Brgy. Buga when hit by a volley of gunfire from the assassins.
Police Senior Insp. Malu Calibaquid, Bicol PNP regional spokesperson said Kallos was assisting the joint element of Regional Public Safety Battalion and Libon police station led by Chief Insp. Robel Pescuela who was serving an arrest warrant against former Philippine Army personnel Gilbert Concepcio
Police failed to arrest Concepcion after suspected gang members opened fire and engaged the policemen in a firefight.
Reports said Concepcion reportedly heads the notorious “Concepcion Brothers” allegedly involved in high-profile killings operating in Bicol specifically in Albay province and is the region’s most wanted group.
The group is suspect in the assassination of former Makati City Engineer Nelson Morales on September 7, 2012.
Morales was the provincial chairman of United Nationalist Alliance in Albay when reportedly gunned down by Concepcion brothers in broad daylight at St. Nicholas Parish in Estancia village of Malinao.
Senior Supt. Marlo Meneses, police provincial director, expressed sadness over the bloody encounter involving the syndicate group reportedly with connection to communist insurgents.
“The Albay police provincial command is deeply saddened by the untimely death of Insp. Joerem C. Kallos in the hands of criminal elements. What is disheartening is that it happened in this time where the spirit of joy and merriment should be the central theme of everyone,” Meneses said.