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2 PNP officials unmasked as riding-in-tandem killers

Gloria, Oriental Mindoro — The riding-in-tandem killers who gunned down 51-year-old Citizens Crime Watch (CCW) regional chairperson, Zenaida M. Luz, last Sunday night in this town turned out to be two junior police officials – one of them a bemedalled municipal police chief, the top police official in this province revealed yesterday.

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Senior Superintendent Christopher C. Birung, provincial director of the Oriental Mindoro Police Provincial Office (PPO), said murder and direct assault against agents of persons in authority charges are set to be filed against Senior Inspector Magdalino G. Pimentel, Jr., of the First Maneuver Platoon of Oriental Mindoro Police Public Safety Company (PPSC) based in San Teodoro; and Inspector Markson S. Almeranez, chief of police of Socorro town, this province.

Birung said he has instructed Chief Insp. Ruel Lito T. Fronda, Gloria chief of police, to file charges after Pimentel Jr. and Almeranez, while riding in tandem on a motorcycle and in civilian getups, allegedly shot and killed Luz in front of her house in Barangay Maligaya, here, around 11:40 p.m. Sunday.

Fronda said a police mobile team responding to a distress call received from Barangay Captain Dionido Quitain of nearby Barangay Banutan at 11:30 p.m. chanced upon Luz on the pavement and the two assailants fleeing the scene on a motorcycle.

The police mobile team chased the fleeing duo, but upon reaching Barangay Quinabigan, in the adjacent town of Pinamalayan, one of the suspects fired at pursuing lawmen, prompting a shootout in which the suspects were wounded and cornered.

Upon their arrest, Pimentel was wearing a bonnet and hoodie jacket while Almeranez was wearing a facemask and a wig to disguise himself. They also yielded a Caspian .45-caliber pistol with Serial No. 910204 and a Bersa Thunder .380-cal. pistol with Serial No. 679021.

Almeranez, a native of Sta. Mesa, Manila and who graduated fifth in PNPA “Tagapamagitan” Class of 2013, was even awarded as outstanding police commissioned officer by Director-General Ronald de la Rosa in Calapan City last September 8.