NATIONAL Police chief General Guillermo Eleazar has directed police personnel to conduct a manhunt operation against the suspect behind a shooting incident in Milaor, Camarines Sur that killed four people.
The Camarines Sur Police Provincial Office said the “still unidentified“ suspect entered the victims’ residence at Zone 1, Barangay Tarusanan on Friday and fired shots at the victims using an M-16 rifle.
Police identified those killed as Romeo de Leon, 72; Samuel Cobilla, 21; Ruby Britanico, 9; and Gabby John Britanico, 6. Wounded were Noel Agliones, 9, and Haygis Britanico, 7.
“Nakakalungkot at nakakagalit ang ginawang pamamaril sa isang pamilya sa Camarines Sur kung saan dalawa sa apat na namatay ay mga bata at dalawang bata pa ng nasagutan [The shooting of a family in Camarines Sur is saddening and disgusting, especially as two of the dead were children; and two of the wounded were also children],” Eleazar said.
Eleazar said he has directed the regional director of the Bicol police office to identify and track down those behind the massacre “in the soonest time possible.”
The PNP chief said the incident in Camarines Sur should also pave the way for unit commanders to intensify the operations to account for loose firearms.
Eleazar earlier directed all unit commanders to step up the campaign against loose guns and private armed groups as part of the early election security preparations.
“I have also directed all our Regional Directors to give me an update on their campaign against loose firearms in their respective Areas of Responsibility. We need to double our efforts to take away loose firearms from the streets and from the communities because these are usually being used as instruments of crime,” he said.
According to a Facebook post by photojournalist Rhoy Cobilla, the uncle of Samuel Cobilla, his 21-year-old nephew died while trying to shield his mother and other siblings as the attacker – initially identified as a soldier – started spraying their house with his M16 rifle.
The motive for the massacre remains unknown.