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Couple, infant slain as police serve warrant vs frustrated murder suspect

By NITZ ARANCON and ANJANETTE VILLAMOR
Correspondents

A COUPLE and their baby were killed in a police operation at Purok 6, Barangay Taguanao in Tubod, Lanao del Norte on Monday.

Police said a member of the Special Weapon Action Team who was trying to serve a court warrant against the suspect, Bevino Laride, was wounded.

Lanao del Norte provincial director Senior Supt. Leopoldo Cabanag, in a report to police regional director Chief Supt. Timoteo Pacleb, said Laride was killed together with his live-in partner Virginia Delibo and their five-month old son.

Cabanag identified the wounded policeman as PO1 Yasser Macalbar.

Police said authorities went to the village to serve an arrest warrant for frustrated murder against Laride.

Regional Judge Dennis Picoy ordered the arrest and approved a P200-thousand bailbond for Laride whose brother Jonel Laride is also facing attempted murder case, Cabanag said.

Cabanag said Jonel was not around when the arresting officers came.

“Imbes i-serve na unta sa mga police ang warrant of arrest, si Bevino Laride kalit nga  namosil batok sa mga pulis gamit ang iyang Carbine rifle, ug unang naigo si PO1 Macalba,” said Cabanag.

Police said the police returned fire and hit Laride, Delibo  and their baby.

Authorities found at the crime scene the rifle, a magazine with seven bullets and eight catridges.

Supt. Lemuel Gonda, Camp Alagar spokesperson, said it was a “purely legitimate police operation” but it turned bloody after the suspect put up a fight and fired shots at the officers.

Gonda said the officers had no choice but to shoot back because the armed suspect posed a threat to them.

“Police may use necessary force to accomplish their mandated tasks of enforcing the law and in maintaining peace and order,” he said.

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