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Albay solon’s escort kills PNP-HPG agent

  • Written by Alfred Dalizon
  • Published in Provincial
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A 72-YEAR-OLD bodyguard of Albay (3rd District) Rep. Fernando Gonzales has been detained by the local
police for the cold-bloodied killing of an agent of the Philippine National Police Highway Patrol
Group helping investigate a traffic accident in Ligao City last December 23, officials said
yesterday.

Suspect Alfredo Concepcion, of Purok 3, Bgy.  Cavasi, Ligao City, has been charged with
murder in connection with the death of Police Officer 3 Gaudencio Pabit and is currently being held
at the Ligao City Police Station jail, said Albay police director Senior Supt. Antonino Cirujales.
    
The suspect shot to death PO3 Pabit of the Regional Highway Patrol Unit 5 while on the same
vehicle with the Bicol lawmaker past 2 p.m. last December 23, Cirujales said citing an official
report from the Ligao City Police Station headed by Supt. Lea Supelana.

Assistant City Prosecutor Jorel Bornilla recommended no bail for the suspect when he was
inquested for murder. The suspect was described as a former member of the now defunct Civilian Home
Defense Force of the Philippine Constabulary who joined the underground New People’s Army before
returning to the mainstream of the society and serving as bodyguard of Rep. Gonzales.
    
Rep. Gonzales could not be immediately contacted for comment on the matter.
    
Philippine National Police chief Director General Ronald ‘Bato’ M. dela Rosa has ordered his
men to throw the books on Concepcion after learning he had murdered one of his men. PO3 Pabit left a
pregnant wife and three children. His murder marred the otherwise generally peaceful Christmas and
New Year festivities in Bicol region under the supervision of Police Regional Office 5 director Chief
Supt. Antonio N. Gardiola Jr., who himself is a former PNP-HPG director.
    
Set to visit the wake of the slain policeman today, PNP-HPG director Chief Supt. Arnel B.
Escobal said all available financial assistance will be given to the family of Pabit, whom he said
was shot in cold-blood by a lawmaker’s bodyguard while he was about to report for duty at the local
HPG office.
    
According to Escobal, Gen. Dela Rosa also want to know the possible criminal liability of
Rep. Gonzales, a member of the Liberal Party who trounced his nearest rival by more than 110,000
votes during the last May 2016 election.
    
Occupants of the same vehicle led by Rep. Gonzales may be charged with obstruction of justice
after they failed to stop the suspect from shooting the cop and later from fleeing with his weapon,
officials said.
    
An investigation conducted by the Ligao City police showed that the murder case took place
along the Maharlika Highway in Bgy. Sta. Cruz, Ligao  City.
    
Investigators said that prior to the shooting incident, PO2 Jay Pobar, a member of the
Guinobatan Municipal Police Station residing in Polangui, Albay was assisting traffic in the area
which was snarled by a vehicular accident at 2 p.m.
    
A few minutes later, PO3 Pabit, in half-uniform and on his way to their headquarters arrived
on board his car and assisted PO2 Pobar after seeing the situation.
    
Investigators said that the PNP-HPG agent later had an altercation with the suspect who then
shot him in the body. While lying on the ground, the suspect fired at least two more shots on the
policeman, using a pistol before fleeing on foot. PO3 Pabit failed to return fire at the suspect
since he had no gun with him during the incident.
    
Other officers who rushed to the scene caught the fleeing suspect but failed to recover his
gun. The suspect was believed to have thrown the fatal weapon during his escape.
    
PO3 Pabit died while being taken to the hospital.