DEATH OF THREE IN SAN NICOLAS ‘Encounter’’not ‘massacre’ -police

September 18, 2017 at 6:15 am Leave a comment

By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

LINGAYEN- The Pangasinan Provincial Police Office (PPPO) here belied news reports circulating on social media and mainstream media  that the victims in San Nicolas during a reported encounter in San Nicolas last August 25, were civilians and not New People’s Army (NPA) guerillas. 

Police Chief Inspector Norman Florentino, Acting Chief of Provincial Community Relations Board and PPPO spokesperson, clarified in a telephone interview, that the encounter that killed Marcello Perico, 46, of Cauayan City, Isabela, Arturo Galvez, 60, of Ilagan, Isabela, and Crisologo Alambra, 60, of Lupao, Nueva Ecija was a legitimate and legal operation of the Pangasinan Public Safety Command (PPSC), based in Tayug town.

The body of another victim Thelma Albano, 67, common -law wife of Galvez was discovered only last August 30 in San Nicolas town.

“We have already presented the evidence regarding the matter in one of our press conferences. Now, if they are disputing our reports, they should file and bring complaints to a proper forum, not on social media or other media outlets. We will maintain our position that it was a clash with NPAs,” Florentino said.

The clarification was made by Florentino after news reports came out that the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan)-Pangasinan through its spokesperson Eco Dangla claimed that the incident was a “massacre” and that the victims are not NPA guerillas, but  “treasure hunters” and “senior citizens”.

Recall that PO2 Aries Tamondong of Regional Public Safety Batallion (RPSB) was killed in action during a clash with the communist rebels in San Nicolas last July 28.

Entry filed under: News.

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