Cabanglasan police chief, deputy killed in grenade attacks

MALAYBALAY CITY (BukidnonNews.Net/09 Feb) The police chief of Cabanglasan town in Bukidnon’s border with Agusan del Sur and his deputy died when fellow policeman lobbed grenades at them right after a gathering and dinner Monday night at the local police station.

Police Inspector Jiselle Ester Lou M. Longakit, Bukidnon provincial police office public information officer, confirmed the report via telephone Monday night.

Cabanglasan vice mayor Lolita Obsioma told Hansel Echavez, chief of the Bukidnon Provincial Public Affairs and Information and Assistance Office late Monday night that Police Senior Inspector Crisanto Molina died in the incident. She also confirmed that Molina’s deputy, Police Inspector Dexter Garcia, also died.

The suspect, a police officer of the town who was reported to have tested positive in a drug test, is at large, municipal officials said.

Longakit said manhunt operations are on-going against the suspect, which she identified as PO1 Gorospe Cairo, a member of the Cabanglasan police force.

Echavez said the suspect, identified by a witness, lobbed the first grenade at Molina in the dining hall where he and Garcia were left. The blast killed him instantly with his head and back heavily damaged. Garcia managed to run after the suspect after the initial attack but also died in a hospital later after he was hit by the second grenade lobbed by the suspect.

Before the incident, local officials have cited requests they made to pull out two police officers in town who were reported to have tested positive in the drug test. Molina was quoted to have said he was waiting for the order from the regional and provincial police offices for the pull out.

Longakit said Cairo was supposed to report to the Bukidnon Provincial Police Office on Tuesday “while undergoing the process of pre-charge evaluation of the administrative case that will be filed against them.”

Both Molina and Garcia, she added, joined the Philippine National Police through its Lateral Entry Program, a scheme that allows professionals from select fields to enter the police force obtaining inspector ranks and without going through the Philippine National Police Academy. (Walter I. Balane/BukidnonNews.Net)