LEGAZPI CITY, 24July2013 (PNA) – A suspected New People’s Army (NPA) member gunned down on Wednesday morning a retired police officer at his residence in Barangay Gadgaron, Matnog town, Sorsogon, a Philippine National Police (PNP) officer said.
Inspector Malou Calubaquid, PNP Bicol spokesperson, identified the victim as Virgilio Miguel Garra, a retired senior police officer 1 (SPO1) formerly assigned at the PNP National Capital Regional Police Office and a native of Matnog, Sorsogon.
Calubaquid said initial police report said the victim was at the lawn of his house, a few meters from the Highway Patrol Group (HPG) checkpoint, at around 7:00 a.m., Wednesday, when the suspect — believed to be a member of the NPA and armed with a .45-caliber pistol — approached Garra and fired at him at close range, killing him instantly.
The suspect immediately fled upon seeing the victim dead.
Police investigators said Garra sustained two bullet wounds on his head.
The victim was brought to a funeral parlor for autopsy.
Garra was a former security aide of Matnog Mayor Emil Ubaldo.(PNA)