ZAMBOANGA CITY (Mindanao Examiner / 29 Oct) – A policeman was killed in a daring broad daylight attack Sunday near downtown Zamboanga City in the southern Philippines, police said.
Police said the victim, SPO1 Rodrigo Deza, was on a motorcycle when shot in the head shortly before 1 p.m. along Nunez Road. Witnesses told the police that they saw two motorcycle gunmen tailed the cop and one of them shot him from behind.
“He was shot in the head. We already have suspects,” Supt. Jose Gucela, Zamboanga’s deputy police chief, told reporters without further elaborating.
Police investigators said they have recovered 6 empty shells of .45-caliber pistol from the scene.
Deza’s 9mm pistol was missing, they said, but his M16 automatic rifle was recovered by the police.
On Friday, a government soldier, Sgt. Carlito Alvarez, and a Muslim employee of the Air Transportation Office, Abdulgafar Udin, were killed in separate attacks Zamboanga City.
Police the soldier was on motorcycle when he was shot several times in the head at around 6 p.m. along Jaldon Road near downtown Zamboanga. Udin was shot in the chest at least 13 times.
On Thursday evening, an unidentified gunman also killed a Chinese trader identified only as Huang in downtown Zamboanga City. Prior to the killing, two policemen were also shot dead in separate attacks in Zamboanga.
On Monday, a soldier and his civilian companion were also killed inside their apartment in Sta. Maria village, about 2 km from downtown area. Police said all the killers escaped on motorcycles.
More than 200 people had been killed in violent attacks and summary executions in Zamboanga City the past years. (Mindanao Examiner)