CAMP BGEN OSCAR M FLORENDO — The Region 1 police today created Special Investigation Task Group (SITG) “Tugade” to conduct an in-depth investigation of the shooting to death of former Barangay Chairman Artemio Tugade y Escobar in Poblacion Norte, Sta. Maria, Ilocos Sur at about 11:30 o’clock this morning (January 6).
A report reaching the Police Regional Office 1 (PRO1) headquarters disclosed that Tugade, 56, a resident of Barangay Cabaraoan and a candidate for Sangguniang Bayan Member in Sta. Maria town, was driving a blue Honda XRM motorcycle when two unidentified suspects riding in tandem on a yellow motorcycle, also a Honda XRM, shot him several times in the head causing his instantaneous death.
The suspects fled after incident and are now the subject of manhunt operations personally supervised by Ilocos Sur police provincial director Police Senior Superintendent Eduardo A. Dopale.
“We have established checkpoints along possible escape routes, together with personnel of the Public Safety Provincial Maneuver Company based in Tagudin town,” Dopale said.
Police Chief Superintendent Constante D. Azares, Jr., PRO1 Regional Director, immediately ordered the creation of SITG “Tugade” for the immediate solution of the shooting incident. Three (3) teams of the 1st Regional Public Safety Management Battalion under PSSupt Alejandro M. Valerio, Jr., were dispatched to the area to assist the local police in the operations.
Investigators found four (4) spent shells for caliber .45 pistol from the crime scene. Meanwhile, the victim’s body was brought to the town’s Rural Health Unit for autopsy.
“We are looking into all possible motives behind the killing. Our investigation is still ongoing and we shall release updates on the case from time to time,” Dopale added. ###