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CIDG officer gunned down in Bulacan

Motorcycle-riding suspects killed a member of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) inside a subdivision in San Rafael, Bulacan Sunday evening (May 13).

Two unidentified suspects on board a motorcycle shot dead Police Officer 3 Rafael Bartolome, 46, a resident of Plaridel, Bulacan, and a member of Bulacan CIDG, in Lapid’s Ville Subdivision, Barangay. Tambubong, San Rafael, Bulacan.  The incident took place at around 6:30 p.m.

CIDG chief, Police Director Samuel Pagdilao Jr. has ordered Region 3 CIDG Chief Sr. Supt. Rudy Lacadin and Bulacan CIDG chief Police Chief Insp. Monico Cadayona to immediately identify gun-for-hire groups based in Central Luzon with emphasis on armed riding tandems who may be behind the killing.

Pagdilao also ordered the CIDG in Region 3 to mobilize their community volunteers, the Community Investigative Support (CIS) to help in gathering more information and possible witnesses and evidence that will link the suspects to the killing.

Initial investigation showed Bartolome sustained multiple gunshot wounds from a caliber .45 pistol.

Prior to his killing, Bartolome had just visited the house of a certain Marife de Vera in Lapid’s Ville Subdivision where he had early dinner with the latter.

Reports also said that while eating, the victim received a phone call and afterwards hurriedly left, boarded his owner-type jeep (CNU 814) and promised de Vera to return for the interrupted dinner.

Witnesses disclosed that when the victim’s owner type jeep reached the main gate of the subdivision, he alighted from his vehicle and at that instance the suspects, on board a motorcycle, shot Bartolome twice on the head.

Probers from Bulacan CIDG led by PCI Cadayona is still conducting follow–up investigation on the killing of Bartolome to determine the motive/s behind the killing and to identify the personalities who may have the motives to kill the victim.

Pagdilao further ordered Lacadin to exert all efforts in pinpointing the armed tandem and leave no stone unturned in bringing the culprits before the bar of justice.