MANILA Mayor Isko Moreno yesterday directed Manila Police chief Brig. Gen. Rolando Miranda to “turn the city upside down” in pursuit of the suspects who killed a Manila policeman during a robbery that left three civilians wounded last Saturday.
Failing to contain his anger, Moreno directed the MPD to arrest the three suspects who killed Executive M/Sgt. Roel Candido, 53, who was assigned at the Meisic Police Station. He succumbed to gunshot wounds on his body.
“Halughugin nyo, pataubin nyo ang buong Maynila, ang buong Pilipinas (Search, turn Manila upside down, the whole Philippines) just to give justice to the family of our policeman,” Moreno told Miranda and other police officials who attended Monday’s flag raising ceremony at City Hall.
He told MPD policemen that “cop killers never grow old,” asked them to find and arrest the suspects, and said: “I hope you know how to read between the lines. I want justice, sweet justice.”
A report by the MPD showed that Candido was passing by on Florentino Torres St. in Sta. Cruz, Manila at about 5:40 p.m. on Saturday aboard his scooter when he chanced upon three suspects firing at a Toyota Innova.
Before he could draw his service firearm, however, the suspects fired at him, hitting him in different parts of his body.
One of the suspects even took the gun of Candido before the three of them fled the crime scene aboard a red Mitsubishi Mirage hatchback.
The suspects also took three bags containing personal belongings, cellular phones and an undetermined amount of cash from the passengers of the Innova identified as Catherine King, Vinsia Canete and Sulficio Pisngot.
King owns a jewelry shop at the China Town Gold Center on Soler St. in Sta.Cruz, Manila and the cash taken by the suspects was part of her store’s earnings for that day. She suffered gunshot wounds in her ankle.
Canete, a staff member of King, suffered graze wounds at her back while Pisngot, the driver of the Innova, was also injured.