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Yorme orders manhunt for cop killers

Pat C. Santos



Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso ordered the Manila Police District (MPD) to deploy its personnel in the search for the suspects behind the killing of a police escort on Saturday afternoon in Sta. Cruz, Manila.

During yesterday’s flag-raising ceremony, the mayor expressed grief over the death of PEMS Roel Candido, assigned to MPD Police Station 11, who was shot to death by two men as he was escorting a gold trader from her shop in Ongpin.

“Turn over Manila. Turn over the whole country. Go out and give justice to the police force. Ask Manila cops and they will tell you that cop killers never grow old. I hope you can read between the lines,” an emotional Domagoso said.

“I want justice. How I wish I can get one. I hope God forgives me,” he added.

Candido was escorting home businesswoman Catherine King when a vehicle blocked their path on F. Torres Street, Sta. Cruz. Two armed men emerged from the car and shot dead Candido, before shooting at the car, opening the door and taking away a bag filled with an undetermined amount of cash.

King and her driver, Sulpicio Pisngot were injured in the incident.

The mayor expressed disagreement over the decision of Gen. Camilo Cascolan, Philippine National Police director general, for relieving P/Lt. Col. Ariel Caramoan, MPD Police Station 5 commander, for failing to control the crowd at last weekend’s opening of the Manila Bay white sand beach.

He said Caramoan could now be helping in the search for Candido’s killers.

“Instead of punishing Caramoan, he (Cascolan) should instead look for the cop killers, and not go after the criminals on the sand. Look for the guys who killed my policeman. He is also your policeman too. He was totally defenseless as you can see in the video,” Domagoso expressed.

On the other hand, the mayor revealed a suspect has already been arrested in the killing of a traffic marshall in Port Area last week, while another suspect is now the subject of a police manhunt.