By Rjhay E. Laurea
QUEZON CITY — The Quezon City government assured justice to the family of a traffic enforcer who was killed after a police officer openly fired at him after engaging in a heated argument.
The slain QC traffic enforcer was assigned to the Department of Public Order and Safety (DPOS) of the Office of the City Mayor.
“On behalf of the entire Quezon City local government, I would like to offer our sincerest and most heartfelt sympathies to the family of our slain traffic enforcer, Edgar Abad Follero,” Mayor Joy Belmonte said in a statement.
The local chief executive said that before he was killed, Follero was known to be a helpful, friendly, and dutiful member of the Quezon City Department of Public Order and Safety (DPOS).
“Indeed, his last minutes were spent assisting someone in need, specifically a mechanic whose motorcycle had broken down,” Belmonte added.
She also commended the two Quezon City Police Department (QCPD) officers for their quick response at the scene of the crime, and immediately arrested the suspect, PLT Felixberto Rapana Tiquil, from the Philippine National Police-Manila Police District’s (PNP-MPD) Anti-carnapping Unit (DACU).
“The perpetrator is currently in police custody inside Camp Karingal, and there have been reports that the suspect is himself a police officer. Needless to say, we assure the Follero family and all peace-loving QCitizens that we will do everything to ensure that justice will be served without any prejudice,” Belmonte emphasized.
Follero is of legal age, and a resident of No. 35 P. Tupaz Street, Novaliches, Quezon City. Initial reports revealed he was mistakenly identified as a carnapper after he assisted the witness and mechanic Paul Timothy Gamboa Delos Reyes whose motorcycle malfunctioned.
Around 3:20 am of October 13 (Thursday), when Follero and Delos Reyes reached EDSA, along Muñoz Market wherein Tiquil stopped them that resulted in a heated argument between the suspect and the victim.
Suddenly, the suspect shot the victim twice and later fell to the ground.
After the incident, the responding police officers called the ambulance of Barangay Veterans Village and rushed Follero to Quezon City General Hospital (QCGH) for medical treatment but the attending physician and surgeon Dra. Maureen Ramitere pronounced the victim dead on arrival at about 3:54 am due to sustained gunshot wounds to the left armpit and right armpit.
The suspect was properly turned over to CIDU IOC- PSSg Bienvenido Ribaya for proper disposition. Recovered pieces of evidence from the arrested suspect were: 1. One (1) Glock 17 with serial number PNP 10253; 2. One (1) live ammunition; 3. One (1) fired bullet. (ai/mtvn)