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Gunfight In Arakan, North Cotabato Leaves Cop, Former Soldier Dead

GUNFIGHT IN ARAKAN – A gunfight in Arakan town, North Cotabato resulted in the death of a police officer and a former soldier.

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The incident occurred at about 7:45 AM on Thursday, the local police reported, according to GMA News.

Police Col. Henry Villar, director of Cotabato Provincial Police Office identified the killed policeman as Police Staff Master Sergeant Rofel Manuel, aged 44, a member of Arakan Municipal Police Station who is a resident of Barangay New Cebu in nearby President Rojas.

The other fatality is identified as Arnold Maligatong, aged 40 and a member of the Philippine Army who was working as a security guard for the Mountain Mix Mining Corporation in the said town.

The killed cop, along with other members of the Arakan police, went to Maligatong in Sitio Pine Tree, Barangay Libertad to serve a warrant for his arrest on a murder case that happened a few years back.

However, Maligatong resisted arrest and tried to escape while carrying a handgun.

As they were chasing, the cop ordered the ex-soldier to stop running and abide but the latter defied the order and shot the cop on his chest. Despite being badly hurt, Manuel was able to return fire and hit the suspect.

They were both dead upon arrival at the nearest hospital in the town. Recovered from the suspect was a caliber 45 handgun, two magazines, and eight rounds of ammunition for the pistol, based on the report.

In a statement, Villar expressed grief over the death of the policeman in the town, adding that he deserved honor and recognition for his bravery – a trait considered as an “immeasurable contribution to the PNP organization.”

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