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Slain rebel was suspect in cop’s slay: DCPO chief

August 19, 2019 - Monday 4:08 PM by Ruth Palo

Article Banner Image END OF THE LINE. Police inspect the scene where former NPA member Benjie Martos Clarion was killed in an alleged shootout with arresting officers. DCPO Photo

DAVAO CITY -- Davao City Police Office (DCPO) chief Police Colonel Alexander Tagum confirmed that the former New People’s Army (NPA) member who was killed in shootout with authorities on Sunday morning, August 18, 2019, in Baliok, Talomo District was the suspect in the killing a police intelligence officer in November 2017.

Tagum said the slain rebel, identified as Benjie Martos Clarion, was a former member of the NPA’s Pulang Bagani Command (PBC) 1 and was number one in DCPO’s list of most wanted persons.

Clarion was facing a murder charges with a warrant of arrest issued by Judge Evalyn Arellano- Morales of the Regional Trial Court (RTC) 11 Branch 17 in this city.

Tagum said the Tugbok Police Station led by Police Major Ricky Obenza and operatives of the Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Commission (PAOCC) served the warrant of arrest on Clarion in Rosalina 3, Barangay Baliok, Talomo District but the latter chose to engage them in an armed confrontation, resulting in his death.

Tagum told MDM that Clarion was the prime suspect in the killing of Baguio Police Station intelligence officer Police Officer (PO)3 Wilfredo Garol.

Tagum said the operation was launched when Clarion was spotted in Talomo while acting as a subcontractor of a housing company in Baliok.

Tagum said police recovered one .38 caliber revolver with three cartridges and one fired cartridge, one fired 9mm cartridge, one improvised 9mm, one Colt AR-15 with two steel magazines, and 15 9mm cartridges.

Also found in Clarion’s possession were, MK2 fragmentation hand grenades, one backpack with clothes, personal belongings, and an ID card.

Tagum said police also found in Clarion’s possession six plastic sachets containing shabu (methamphetamine hydrochloride) and P670 in cash.