A 50-YEAR-OLD former councilor of Mabini, Batangas who was killed in a reported shootout with local policemen who raided his house for illegal guns and drugs last Sunday turned out to be a man, who, with his barangay captain-brother, is included on the police drug watchlist long before he joined a Philippine National Police unit as one of its reform advisers.
Gil Guerra and his brother’s names were included on the watchlist of suspected drug personalities of the Batangas Police Provincial Office long before the latter became a member of the Advisory Council of the PNP Maritime Group, People’s Tonight learned yesterday.
Guerra’s brother has gone into hiding in the aftermath of the raid that resulted in the killing of the latter. According to Batangas police director Senior Supto. Randy Q. Peralta, he has fully briefed PNP chief Director General Ronald “Bato” M. dela Rosa and Police Regional Office 4-A director Chief Supt. Ma-O R. Aplasca of the details surrounding the killing of Guerra.
Guerra became the 1st member of a PNP Advisory Council to be killed by policemen enforcing a search warrant. So far, the PNP has over 16,000 advisers from all over the country, all recruited to help the much-maligned organization fulfill its vision to become a world-class police force, one that is considered to be an effective, efficient and credible police organization.
The PNP advisers are branded as ‘men and women of integrity’ from different sectors of the society like the academe, the business sector, local government units, the judiciary, legislative and executive branches of government, the media and active and retired law enforcement officials.
Peralta said that Guerra’s brother, incumbent Bgy. Anilao Chairman Guillermo Guerra is one of the confessed drug personalities who surrendered during the initial phase of the PNP Oplan: Tokhang.
The official said that the Guerra brothers are also known for coming to the aid of their constituents who have been arrested by the local police for involvement in illicit drug trafficking and abuse in the past.
“They are in our drug watchlist,” said Peralta as he insisted that Gil Guerra was killed in a shootout with police officers who raided his house in Bgy. Anilao Proper on the strength of a search warrant for violation of Republic Act 10591 or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulations Act of 2013.
Peralta made the statement as the PNP Maritime Group headed by Chief Supt. Marcelo C. Morales launched its own investigation into the killing of Guerra.
A member of the Maritime Group’s Police Strategy Management Unit said that during a meeting of their advisory council last July 21, Guerra said he feared for his life since he asked the PNP Internal Affairs Service to investigate and charge some members of the Mabini Municipal Police Station for alleged involvement in irregularities. It is unclear who recruited Guerra to the Advisory Council of the Maritime Group.
Peralta said they are open to any investigation as he insisted that Guerra was killed in a legitimate police operation -- during the actual serving of a search warrant for illegal guns -- and that officers were forced to fire at him in self-defense during the raid.