An officer of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) was shot dead Wednesday night by a murder suspect who was about to be served an arrest warrant.
SPO4 Edmar Bumagat was the first police officer to be killed in a gun-grabbing incident. In the past, it had always been the suspects who were shot dead while attempting to snatch the guns of policemen.
Bumagat and some of his colleagues were about to serve a warrant on Angelo Tampos when the gun-grabbing incident occurred.
Bumagat’s comrades retaliated and fired at Tampos.
Senior Inspector Ronald Saquilayan, chief of the criminal investigation section of the Makati City police, said the shooting occurred at a house on Constancia St. in Barangay Olympia, Makati City.
Makati Judge Rico Sebastian Liwanag issued the warrant against Tampos who is wanted for murder. The suspect was said to be a hired killer of a drug lord.
Scene of the Crime Operatives (Soco) recovered 11 empty shells of an M16 rifle and a 9-mm pistol at the house.
However, a witness claimed that Bumagat was killed by another policeman.
Saquilayan said authorities will investigate the claim.
Philippine National Police chief Ronald “Bato” de la Rosa and NCRPO Director Supt. Oscar Albayalde visited Bumagat’s wake in Pasay City on Thursday.
De la Rosa said the fallen policeman will be honored with a posthumous award, while his family will receive financial assistance.
“This is painful to us. There is no substitute for life, there is no enough compensation. We will continue to fight,” de la Rosa said.
He brushed off criticisms that police are only making up stories to kill fugitives.
“We understand that. But you also have to understand the danger in our duty. We cannot be killed, we have to neutralize the criminals,” he said.