The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) in Batangas is coordinating with the local government of Puerto Galera in Oriental Mindoro to propose increased security measures in beach ports following Tuesday’s shooting of a policeman and a Coast Guard personnel resulting in their death.
PCG Batangas District Chief of Staff Gil Villamaria said they are recommending the exclusive use of the Balatero port for passengers going to Puerto Galera to ensure that there is only one entry and exit point.
“With only three personnel assigned in our Puerto Galera detachment, it is quite difficult to manage passengers due to existing beach ports in Muelle, Sabang and White Beach,” Villamaria said.
Coast Guard Police Officer (PO) 2 Romeo Bulaklak and PO2 Sherwin Reyes died aboard MV Falcon on the waters off Barangay Tabangao in Batangas City on Wednesday after being shot by a man wanted for rape.
According to Batangas PNP Provincial Director Police Sr. Supt. Rosauro Acio, Reyes was on his way to Batangas from Puerto Galera when he recognized the suspect identified as Manny Datingaling on board the same vessel with another companion. Reyes alerted Coast Guard authorities and arrested Datingaling with the help of Bulaklak upon reaching the Batangas port.
“Two firearms were confiscated from Datingaling and his unidentified companion and they were both arrested. Both were transported back to Puerto Galera by the arresting officers because that’s where their cases are filed,” said Acio.
“As they were approaching Puerto Galera, the arresting officers failed to notice that
Datingaling’s companion had another gun kept on his back and this is what the suspect used to shoot the authorities,” he added.
Reports revealed that the suspects commandeered the vessel to return to Batangas where they docked at Leah Beach and fled.
Bulaklak and Reyes both died from gunshot to the head.
Local authorities have launched a manhunt for Datingaling and his companion believed to be carrying five short firearms.