Ipil cops cited for arrest of HPG officer’s killer PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 07 June 2012 14:11

Police Regional Office-9 Director Chief Supt. Napoleon R. Estilles has commended Ipil Police Station Commander Chief Insp. Ariel Huesca and his men for the arrest of two men identified as Ric and Rolando Tuden, who were tagged as behind the gunslaying of Zamboanga Sibugay  Highway Patrol Group Provincial Unit Chief SPO4 Edwin Ocupe last May 31.

Ocupe was shot by one of the suspects in Titay while conducting an anti-carnapping operation.

He was gunned down in the presence of civilian companions.

It was learned that Ocupe operated by himself with civilians as his companions as his office was undermanned. 

Before he went on operation that fateful day, he had instructed his subordinate SPO3  Fernando Mamaril to be the duty officer and to watch the office.

The Ipil police station reported that prior to the shooting, SPO4 Ocupe spotted Ric Tuden driving a motorcycle. Ocupe flagged him down and asked hime some questions. Initial violation was found out which was no registration and expired license.    Instantly, Ocupe told the driver that he will impound the motorcycle, but Ric Tuden became very arrogant. He embarassed Ocupe by showing him a P100 bill in the presence of his civilian companions. This irked Ocupe as he warned Ric Tuden not to embarass him. Thereafter,  Ric asked permission to go home. After a few minutes, Ric, together with another companion came to Ocupe and asked for consideration. While Ocupe, who was unarmed, was talking to the companion of the suspect, the latter, standing at the back of Ocupe, shot him in the head using a 9mm pistol

Ocupe was shot without provocation, according to witnesses.

When Chief Insp. Huesca and his men heard from radio communication that his friend Ocupe was murdered,  he immediately mounted a hot pursuit operation in  Titay, resultedin the arrest of Ric and Rolando Tuden.

Chief Supt. Estilles said that Huesca will be rewarded for a job well done in solving the crime as fast as he can. — Allen Abastillas