11 Lapu cops awarded for arrest of wanted person

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Saturday, March 9, 2013

FOR the capture of a murder suspect, Lapu-Lapu City Police Office (LLCPO) Chief Rey Lyndon Lawas and 10 police officers received medals from Philippine National Police Chief Alan La Madrid Purisima yesterday.

Last Dec. 26, Mactan Police Station Chief Conrad Manatad and nine police officers arrested Demetrio Malingin, the third most wanted person in Lapu-Lapu.

Malingin, who is facing two counts of murder and a frustrated murder, is a suspect in the strafing that killed a mother in Barangay Mactan last June 28.


Aside from Lawas and Manatad, PNP Medal of Merits was given to SPO1 Nonilo Estonillo, PO2 Recto Muldez, Po2 Samuel Evalle, Po2 Boots Christopher Tanghal, Po2 Regidor Bering, Po2 Wilson Malnegro, Po1 Rey Adriaque, Po1 Estevenson Zozobrado and Po1 Ceasar Vincent Figuracion.

Malingin was caught in Barangay Bangkal, Lapu-Lapu City after an exchange of gunfire with the arresting police officers.

The suspect, who wore a bullet-proof vest, was arrested after he was shot in the ankle.

The police recovered .45 pistol and 10 sachets of suspected shabu from him.

Last January, Mayor Paz Radaza gave the P50,000 reward money to a female informant who helped the police arrest Demetrio, who is a known supplier of illegal drugs in Lapu-Lapu.

She also gave certificates of recognition to the arresting police officers.

Also yesterday, Purisima witnessed the turnover of 10 bicycles and 72 classroom chairs donated by private organizations to the LLCPO.

Also present at the turnover ceremony were Mayor Radaza and Police Regional Office Chief Marcelo Garbo.

Purisima commended the LLCPO for establishing partnerships with the private sector.

Lawas said the donated bicycles will be used by the bike patrol team.

Last month, 50 police officers were trained in bicycle patrol course by two instructors from the police department of San Francisco, California. Lawas said Mayor Radaza has pledged to donate more bicycles.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 09, 2013.

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