By Glen S. Ramos/Benjamin P. Cuaresma
PUERTO Princesa, Palawan – The provincial government here on Friday offered a one-million-peso reward (P1M) to anyone who can provide crucial information that could lead to the arrest of the suspects on the killing of Barangay Poblacion Captain Roderick Aperocho of Narra, Palawan.
On November 5, 2020, Thursday, Barangay Captain Aperocho, 39, together with a barangay volunteer Jerry Dioquino, 23, was shot by two unidentified gunmen who barged into the former’s residence and peppered them with bullets while they were having a drink.
The two casualties were immediately brought to the Narra Medicare Hospital. Both suffered multiple gunshot wounds. Aperocho was declared dead on arrival while Dioquino was later transferred to an undisclosed hospital in Puerto Princesa City for his safety and security.
Police are currently investigating as to the motive of the crime and on the process of identifying the suspects.
The provincial government of Palawan condemned the “senseless killing” and called for justice for the barangay chief.
“[We] condemn in strongest terms the senseless and brutal killing of the barangay official [that] was mercilessly gunned down by two assailants inside his residential compound on Thursday night. The local officials of the province join the family in seeking immediate justice for the victim at the same time calls upon authorities to exert all efforts to arrest the perpetrators of this crime,” according to a statement from the provincial information office last Friday.
The incident was the second riding-in-tandem shooting incident in the town of Narra during the last three months.
Individuals are advised to contact 0950-463-7066 for any information whatsoever leading to the whereabouts of the suspects. (IAm)