‘SWAT training to help secure bizmen’

ROXAS City — The Basic Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) training program will allow policemen here to secure businessmen in this city, according to Mayor Angel Alan Celino.

It will not only benefit the residents and visitors of this city but will also “give the business community its much needed security,” said Celino.

In his message during the opening of the 45-day SWAT training on Monday, Celino pledged his 101-percent support to this venture of the Roxas City Police Office under Supt. Khasmir Disomangcop.

“Every police officer must learn the principles governing SWAT operations… we have to remove from our minds the bias that SWAT is only for the elite unit of the organization,” said Senior Supt. Antonio Viernes, deputy regional director for operations of the Police Regional Office 6 (PRO-6).

Viernes represented PRO-6 Director, Chief Supt. Cipriano Querol Jr. during the training’s opening.

“The purpose of the SWAT is… to provide protection, support, security, firepower and rescue to police operations in high personal-risk situations where specialized tactics are necessary to minimize casualties,” Viernes told the trainees.

“It is a must that we train ourselves and make ourselves competent in (SWAT),” he added.

The training, Veirnes said, is an opportunity for the participating city policemen to check their level of competence and upgrade their skills.

Also present during the opening were Senior Supt. Renato Gumban, Capiz Police Provincial Office (CPPO) director; Senior Supt. Eduardo Ebon, also of the CPPO; and Councilor Powell del Rosario, chair of the Committees on Peace and Order, and Police Matters.

The four-man training staff from the PRO-6 SWAT unit was headed by Chief Insp. Salvador Dago-on, who will serve as training instructor.

The program of instruction for the rigorous training will include, among others, pistol and rifle marksmanship, close quarter battle, hostage rescue, snipping, and tubular assault techniques on bus and motorcycle intervention.

According to Celino, the city government will allocate funds for training and equipment in support of the city’s SWAT team./PN


Ex-village chief shot dead


ROXAS City — A former village chief was shot dead by two unidentified gunmen, a few minutes after attending a court hearing in Mambusao, Capiz on Tuesday.

Ruperto Olilang of Brgy. Najus-an, Mambusao succumbed to four gunshot wounds on the chest and back.

Olilang was shot in front of Bula Elementary School in Brgy. Bula, Mambusao, according to SPO1 Catalino Orleans, officer-on-case.

According to the Grade 6 pupil witness, the two suspects were both wearing a helmet and a jacket, and were already in front of the school about 30 minutes prior to the incident.

One of the suspects was busy using his mobile phone while the other seemed to be inspecting tricycles passing by, the witness said.

The suspects later signaled the tricycle Olilang was riding to stop, and shot the victim who was seated at the back.

Orleans said they are considering land dispute as the possible motive behind the killing. He said the suspects used a .45 caliber pistol.

Olilang, police said, just attended a court hearing in the Mambusao Hall of Justice over a land dispute with a neighbor.

Policemen recovered from the crime scene empty shells of ammunition.

The suspects fled onboard a motorcycle after the incident./PN

Man stabbed

ROXAS City — A man was stabbed by his fellow in Brgy. Lawaan here on Tuesday.

Police said Egbert Lago of Brgy. Tumalalud, Mambusao town, was stabbed on the stomach by Bernard Bibas of Mamda-un, Masbate.

Lago, Bibas and their friends were having a drinking binge. A heated argument ensued between the two, police said.

Bibas drew out a knife and stabbed Lago.

The victim was rushed by bystanders to the Capiz Emmanuel Hospital, while the suspect fled after the incident.

Lago is temporarily residing in this city. (Felipe Celino/PN)