PNP_PRO1 News Release: 09-16-01
Authority: PSINSP VANESSA M GABOT
OIC, Regional Public Information Office
Police Regional Office 1
Camp Brigadier General Oscar M. Florendo
Parian, City of San Fernando, La Union
Contact Number: (072) 607-6582
FB Page: PNP PRO Public Information Office
Date: Friday, September 2, 2016 PRO1 Website: www.pnpro1.org
CAMP BGEN OSCAR M FLORENDO – Police Chief Superintendent Gregorio R. Pimentel, Police Regional Office 1 director ordered yesterday afternoon (September 1) the creation of Special Investigation Task Group (SITG) “SACATRAPOS” to conduct special investigation relative to the shooting to death of an intelligence officer in Paoay, Ilocos Norte.
PCSupt. Pimentel said, Police Officer 3 Fernando S. Sacatrapos Jr., 40 years old, married, a resident of Barangay 15, Sta. Rita, Paoay and Intelligence PNCO (Police Non-Commissioned Officer) of Paoay Municipal Police Station was shot by an unidentified gunman onboard a motorcycle along the road in Barangay 3, Salbang of said town.
PO3 Sacatrapos was on his way to Paoay MPS riding his motorcycle after he attended the Barangay Information Network (BIN) Training in Calipi, Batac City when the incident happened at around 12:30 PM.
PCSupt. Pimentel said, revenge can be the possible motive of the killing considering the participation of the said personnel in the stern implementation of anti-illegal drugs campaign in Paoay town.
“Our deepest sympathy to the bereaved family and PRO1 is also 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,” PCSupt Pimentel said.
Sacatrapos was the second police personnel of Paoay MPS killed by unidentified perpetrators following the assassination of PO3 Nestor A. Sadian on December 30, 2015. PO3 Sadian was the Chief Investigator of said MPS and believed also that he was killed for revenge. SPO1 Joel S. Javier, the intelligence PNCO of Bantay MPS in Ilocos Sur was also shot on August 23, 2016 in Balaleng, Bantay but fortunately survived the killing.
Meanwhile, PCSupt. Pimentel appealed to the public for their support and report to the police any information related to illegal drugs operations to include the groups who are trying to shield the drug syndicates. ###