Romeo Baldevarona, head of the Commission on Human Rights-Bacolod, yesterday advised the City Police to neutralize the members of the Dipolog-Ozamis-Parohinog crime group in a “bloodless” manner.
On Friday, City Police Director Senior Supt. Ricardo de la Paz ordered his policemen to shoot the group's members in the head in the event that they encounter any of them and they fight back.
Baldevarona said that, under the law, policemen can shoot back if their lives are in danger during armed engagements only, to protect themselves, their family or strangers, but not to kill.
He said police operational procedures should always be followed in time of armed engagement.
De la Paz said the suspects are armed with high-caliber firearms and wear bullet proof vests, so his instructions, which should to be followed, is shoot them in the head immediately in case they fight back.
He said that several witnesses confirmed through pictures that three out of the seven men who tried to rob a pawnshop in Bacolod on Wednesday were also part of the group who held up the Central Negros Electric Cooperative and took P3.6 million in March
The plan of the group to rob a bank and a mall in Bacolod after the Holy week was foiled because of police presence, he said.
The group members who have been identified by the Bacolod City police are Gernardo Saniel and Ruel Remedios both of Zamboanga Del Sur, Richard Dagumon, Roberto Solis of Tagum City, Davao del Norte, Gaudencio Vardon Monopollo Jr., and Darvin Jay Tibon of Ozamis City, Misamis Occidental, Ruel Alvarez of Tangub City, Misamis Occidental, Reynaldo Bacolod “alias Toto” of Las Piñas City, and Joseph Calarmo of Dipolog City, Zamboanga del Norte.*APN