By Erwin M. Mascariñas
BUTUAN City – This time, it’s the New People’s Army (NPA) that is claiming that its men killed a police officer because he fought back.
The NPA yesterday owned the responsibility for the killing of a police officer in the town of Carmen, Agusan del Norte, Wednesday evening.
Executive Master Sgt. Jimmer Omisol, assigned at the Carmen Municipal Police Station, was gunned down in Barangay Tagcatong around 6:30 pm Wednesday.
Ka Omar Ibarra, spokesman of a rebel group under the NPA’s North Central Mindanao command, said rebels only wanted Omisol to answer complaints against him by people but the law enforcer allegedly fought back.
Ibarra said Omisol was stepping down of his vehicle when rebels came and asked him to come with them but the policeman allegedly tried to put up a fight.
“They did not have a choice but to shoot him first,” said Ibarra.
Ibarra said Omisol had been accused of planting evidence against civilians like shabu and firearms. He said the police officer was also accused of red-tagging and involvement in the torture of people accused of committing crimes without evidence like forcing them to drink their own urine.
The Caraga police condemned Omisol’s shooting death.
“This dastardly and barbaric act proved that there is no justice and rule of law in the armed struggle,” said Brig. Gen. Gilberto Cruz, police director for Caraga.
Cruz called Omisol a “hero” who fought back even when he was outnumbered.
He said there were blood stains at a waiting shed where at least five guerrillas were positioned.
“Although outnumbered, the hero cop fought until his last breath,” said Cruz.
Cruz brushed off the NPA’s accusations against Omisol whom he said was known to be “a humble and hardworking police officer.”
He said Omisol had no record of illegal activities.
“The statement of Ibarra is a fabricated story to justify the evil acts of his men,” said Cruz.