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Ingat lang! PNP urges police retirees to stay alert following murder of cop in Mandaue City

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Police Regional Office – Central Visayas (PRO-7) Director Chief Supt. Debold Sinas on Monday advised all police retirees to always be careful following the death of a retired policeman in Mandaue City and the series of killings of law enforcers.

“This has been my advice to all police retirees: to always be very careful because they may have encountered enemies during their days as law enforcers and who will try to hit them back when they retire,” Sinas said.

Earlier, a retired policeman, Ranilo Valiente, succumbed to multiple gunshot wounds in an ambush by riding-in-tandem gunmen Sunday night in Barangay Cubacub, Mandaue City.

Valiente, who retired from the service last March, had a rank of Senior Police Officer 2.

Reports said that Valiente was talking with “habal-habal” (motorbike-for-hire) driver Jason Bayola by the roadside when assailants fired at them. Bayola was also hit by a stray bullet. The retired police officer was brought to the nearest hospital but physicians could no longer revive him.

Sinas said he incident is now being investigated by the Mandaue City Police, which also has yet to determine the motive behind the killing.

Recovered items from the crime scene were seven empty shells and two deformed slugs of a .45-caliber pistol.

Sinas further advised all police retirees to report to the nearest police station any suspicious-looking individual tailing them or following their daily activities. (With Bebie Jane Casipong/PNA)