Killing of cop on duty condemned
ILOILO CITY, June 17 (PIA) – – Top police officials in Western Visayas and Iloilo province strongly condemned the killing of a policeman while performing his duty by alleged members of the New People’s Army (NPA) in Tubungan town.
Police Master Sergeant Arnel Paurillo was in the act of conducting surveillance for the possible arrest of a wanted person when he was shot to death on Monday evening in Brgy. Teniente Benito, Tubungan, according to a press release of the Iloilo Police Provincial Office (IPPO) on June 16.
“Let us continue to unite and stand against terrorism in Western Visayas so that these ruthless criminals would finally meet their end,” said PRO 6 Director PBrig. Gen. Rene Pamuspusan in message posted on PRO 6 facebook page.
IPPO Officer-in-Charge Colonel Paul Kenneth Lucas, in the IPPO press release, also condemned the ruthless killing of Paurillo.
“We are deeply saddened by the death of Master Sergeant Arnel Paurillo in the course of fulfilling his duty to enforce the law and fight criminality,” said Lucas.
Paurillo, 42, married, and resident of Brgy Bongol, San Vicente, Guimbal, Iloilo, was assigned at Tubungan PNP and on detached service with the Provincial Drugs Enforcement Unit of IPPO.
According to Tubungan PNP station Chief Police Lieutenant Jose Romel C. Samson, Paurillo was at the house of Rodolfo Talamillo waiting for an intelligence operative in order to plan out the arrest of a wanted person in the said barangay.
Witnesses said the suspects introduced themselves as members of the New People’s Army before shooting Paurillo. They further said that four armed men shot Paurillo without any provocation.
Responding personnel of Tubungan PNP found Paurillo lying at the kitchen floor in the house of Talamillo with gunshot wounds on the different parts of his body.
The IPPO reported that Paurillo was later declared dead on the spot by Dr. Antonio Recodo, Rural Health physician of Tubungan. (JSC/laf/PIA6 Iloilo/Photo courtesy of PRO6)