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Apayao PPO creates task group to probe death of former mayor

March 14, 2021 Uncategorized

LUNA, Apayao, Aug. 2(PIA) — The Apayao Provincial Police Office has created a Special Investigation Task Group (SITG) to look into the circumstances on  death of former Flora town Mayor Richard De San Jose.
 
Apayao PPO Director PCol. Byron Tegui-in said  De San Jose was shot by still unidentified gunmen while having a drinking spree with his construction workers at around 9 :00 PM  last  July 28 along Sampaguita Street, Poblacion West in Flora town.
 
 According to witnesses, two gunmen wearing bonnets, jackets and camouflage pants armed with rifles and short arms appeared at the place of incident, shot De San Jose then  fled.   

The victim was rushed to the Flora District Hospital but  was declared  dead on arrival by attending physicians. Hot pursuit was immediately conducted by the personnel of the Flora Municipal Police Station.
 
Tegui-in said that police recovered from the crime scene an empty shell for an M16 rifle and another bullet of still unknown caliber.
 
The Apayao PPO created the SITG to focus and probe the death of De San Jose,  a former vce Mayor andthe  designated   Indigenous Peoples Mandatory Representative of the municipality.  They are working with the Flora Municipal Police Station, the CIDG-Apayao and the Regional Intelligence Unit of the Police Regional Office Cordillera.

Tegu-in  said they are looking on all possible angles of the case  that include  previous old grudge revenge, land dispute, politics and business.-related
 
The incident tarnishes the record of  Apayao which is considered as most peaceful province in the Cordillera. (JDP/RMC- PIA-CAR)

source https://pia.gov.ph/news/articles/1049210

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