Friday, March 17, 2017

Masbate fisherman shot dead by rogue policeman
By Jorge Hallare

LEGAZPI CITY, March 16 (PNA) –- A rogue police officer shot dead a fisherman after a heated dispute that stemmed from a cellphone that was accidentally dropped at the seashore off Claveria town in Masbate pre-dawn on Wednesday, said a report that reached the Police Regional Office in Bicol (PRO5) here today.

The police report at PRO5 headquarters here in Camp Simeon Ola identified the victim as Argie S. Urbano, 27, who was with his cousin and friends lying alongside the seawall in the seashore off Sitio Intramuros, Barangay Poblacion District 1 in Claveria around 2:45 a.m. when he engaged the suspect in a heated argument.

According to the report, Urbano accidentally dropped his cellphone but was able to recover it but the suspect, identified as PO1 Rodney Mark R. Oller, 26, approached the former and taunted him.

The report said the incident resulted in a verbal spat between the two that triggered a fistfight and later the drawing of Oller’s service firearm.

Urbano was dead on the spot from a gunshot wound in the stomach while Oller fled the scene of crime.

Chief Insp. Jonathan Apili, chief of the Claveria Municipal Police Office (MPO), said upon recovery of an empty shell of a .45-caliber pistol at the scene, they ordered a hot pursuit operation against Oller.

At 11 a.m. that same day, the report added that Oller had voluntarily surrendered to the 5th Regional Public Safety Battalion (RPSB) based in Milagros town in Masbate while admitting to Oller’s killing.

Oller, a native of Barangay San Nicolas Central, Agoo, La Union, is presently assigned to the 5th RPSB.

Insp. Glen Alumit, platoon leader of the Alpha Company of RPSB, immediately turned over Oller to Claveria MPO which prepared the charges against Oller. (PNA) LAP/GVR/JH/CBD