PDEA agent ambushed, killed in Cebu

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CEBU CITY — Barely two weeks after an agent of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency in Central Visayas was killed by riding-in-tandem gunmen, another agent was killed Wednesday, August 8, 2018 in Carcar City.

PDEA-7 spokesperson Leah Albiar identified the fatality as Von Rian Tecson, who was killed by riding-in-tandem gunmen while on his way home inside his Ford Ranger at about 1 p.m.

Cebu Provincial Police Director Manuel Javier Abrugena has immediately ordered a manhunt operation against the assailants of Tecson.

Initial investigation said Tecson’s vehicle was blocked by a maroon Mitsubishi Pajero and was surrounded by two riding-in-tandem assailants, who peppered the victim and his driver with bullets. The driver, Arnulfo Bauyaban, survived the attack with only a leg wound.

Scene of the Crime Operation investigators recovered at least 36 empty shells of different calibers at the ambush site, just about 100 meters from Tecson’s house in Barangay Perrelos, Carcar City.

Albiar said Tecson reported to the PDEA-7 office Wednesday morning to process his transfer papers to the PDEA-6 (Western Visayas) office.

Tecson was among the 91 PDEA-7 personnel, who will exchange places with PDEA-6 agents after PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino ordered the swapping of personnel following the ambush-slay here of PDEA-7 deputy director for operations Baby Earl Rallos last July 27.

One of the suspects  was reportedly wounded as Tecson fired back at the gunman who opened the passenger door.

Tecson’s elder brother, SPO1 Von Tecson said his brother told him about receiving death threats.

The older Tecson believes the attack on his brother has to do with his work as a team leader in anti-drug operations.

Earlier, a colleague of Tecson, Earl Rallos, also a former radio man was ambushed and killed by riding-in-tandem suspects.

Rallos was on his way home when ambushed and killed by the suspects.

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