Misamis Oriental Police Provincial Director PCol. Robert Roy Bahian confirmed that the suspect killed by police early today during a hot pursuit operation in Purok 5, Brgy. Taboo in Libertad town was the gang leader identified only as “Bulaw” who shot and killed PSSG Ronald Caayupan at the town checkpoint Monday night, February 17.
Upon inspection of the body, police found several IDs and amulets or “anting-anting.” With Bulaw’s death, only one suspect remained on the run.
Based on radio interviews, a local resident called police after seeing the suspect who asked for water at their house. The witness said he recognized the face of the suspect due to leaflets indicating the suspect’s photo distributed by police (see below) after the shootout.