Special task force formed to probe intel officer’s slay

CAMP BGEN OSCAR M FLORENDO – Police Chief Superintendent Gregorio R. Pimentel, Police Regional Office 1 director, has ordered the creation of a task force to conduct an investigation into the shooting to death of an intelligence officer in Paoay, Ilocos Norte recently.

Pimentel said Special Investigation Task Group “Sacatrapos” was formed to conduct an in-depth investigation  on the shooting to death of Police Officer 3 Fernando S. Sacatrapos Jr., 40, married, a resident of Barangay 15, Sta. Rita, Paoay and Intelligence officer (PNCO) of Paoay Municipal Police Station.

Sacatrapos was on his way to Paoay MPS aboard his motorcycle after attending a Barangay Information Network (BIN) training in Calipi, Batac City when he was shot by an unidentified gunman who was on board a motorcycle  along a road in Barangay 3, Salbang of said town.

The police is eyeing revenge as a possible motive of the killing considering the participation of Sacatrapos in the anti-illegal drugs campaign in Paoay town.

Sacatrapos was the second police officer of Paoay town who was shot to death by gunman  following the killing of PO3 Nestor A. Sadian on December 30, 2015.

Sadian, chief investigator of Paoay MPS, was  also believed to have been killed for revenge.

Another cop, SPO1 Joel S. Javier, an Intelligence officer (PNCO) of Bantay MPS in Ilocos Sur, was also shot on August 23, 2016 in Balaleng, Bantay but survived the attempt on his life.

“Our deepest sympathy to the bereaved family and we are grieving for the death of this dedicated and virtuous intelligence personnel. On our part, we will do our best to give justice to PO3 Sacatrapos. We admit that in the fulfillment of our job, we are facing clear and present danger especially in the fight against illegal drugs,” said Pimentel.

Pimentel appealed to the public to support the police by giving  any information related to illegal drugs activities in their community to include the groups that are shielding drug syndicates. (From a report of PNP-PIO 1)