Nueva Ecija gov. offers Php 1-M reward for arrest of suspects in jail warden’s slay

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CABANATUAN CITY, Nueva Ecija: Gov. Aurelio Umali has offered a Php 1-million bounty for any information that could lead to the arrest of the killer or killers of the provincial jail warden who was gunned down here on the night of Aug. 11.

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The reward money was announced Friday by Umali on the occasion of the 113th anniversary celebration of the Nueva Ecija Provincial Police Office.

The governor urged the police to solve the killing of provincial jail warden Enrico Campos, 55, of Barangay Mayapyap Sur, this city, within a period of one month.

Campos, who retired from the police service with a rank of senior inspector, was on his way home at about 7:15 p.m. Monday when he was shot at close range in the back of his head with a caliber .45 pistol. The bullet exited in his face and he was dead on arrival at the Premier General Hospital.

For his part, Nueva Ecija provincial police director Senior Supt. Crizaldo Nieves has formed Task Force Campos to look into the killing and do its utmost efforts to solve the case at the shortest time possible.

Crizaldo said they are considering several angles as the motives, among which was Campos’s implementation of drastic prison reforms, particularly with regard to visitations, and crackdown on illegal drugs inside the jail.

With the theory advanced by Crizaldo, especially on the “illegal drugs connection,” recall is made of at least two incidents where two police officers, said to be material witnesses against certain drugs personalities, were believed to have been “silenced” to favor the illegal drugs proliferation in the province.

The two police officers, witnesses in several drugs cases, were SPO1 Jonee Jay Navarro, 37, assigned with the Gen. Tinio, Nueva Ecija, police station, and PO3 Marcos Lopez, 38, an operative of the Provincial Public Safety Company (PPSC) and a resident of Barangay San Isidro, Cabanatuan City. PNA

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