Two cops, 2 others perish in North Cotabato shootout

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KIDAPAWAN CITY, PHILIPPINES

Two murder suspects and two policemen perished in a shootout in Barangay Bialong in Mlang, North Cotabato early Wednesday, December 22.

The two policemen, Master Sgt. Fletcherlyn Dominic Pido and Staff Sgt. Arman Alquiza Bada, were in a team tasked to arrest the siblings John Kevin and Jerson Rey Papna in Barangay Bialong, Mlang but the mission turned haywire when the duo resisted, provoking a shootout.

The North Cotabato Provincial Police Office said the warrant for the arrest of the Papnas in connection with a murder case was issued by the Regional Trial Court Branch 23 in Kidapawan City, signed by Judge Jose Tanalgo Tabosares.

The Papnas, Pido and Bada all perished in the gunfight that caused panic among villagers residing around the scene of the encounter.

Mlang residents said the Papnas were also implicated in other crimes besides the murder case pending at the court.

The body of the slain policement had been turned over to a funeral home for disposition, the North Cotabato provincial police said.  (John Unson)

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