IN TAPAZ, CALINOG TOWNS 9 dead, 17 others arrested in search raid gone awry

CAPIZ–What started as a simultaneous early-morning routine serving 28 search warrants to various people in a total of nine barangays in the adjoining municipalities of Tapaz, Capiz and Calinog, Iloilo, turned bloody really quickly, resulting in the deaths of nine persons, the arrest of 17 others, and the recovery of some loose firearms.

In an initial report issued by the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) here in Region 6, it is said that joint elements of CIDG-6 and the Police Regional Office-6 went to Brgys. Lahug, Tacayan, Roosevelt, Aglinab, Acuña, Nayawan, and Daan Sur in Tapaz, and in Brgys. Masaroy and Garangan in Calinog to serve the warrants against 28 individuals believed to be in possession of unlicensed firearms.

There are reports that indicate the subjects of the search warrants are either members of the communist armed group the New People’s Army (NPA) or are sympathizers.

All nine suspects killed after allegedly resisting the search were from Tapaz, identified as Roy Gilbaliga Giganto, Reynaldo Gigodas Katipunan, and Mario Castor Aguirre (Brgy. Lahug); Garson Catamin and Rolando Diaz (Nayawan); Maurito Gilbagila Diaz, Sr. (Tacayan); Eliseo Gayas, Jr. (Aglinab); Artilito Katamin Katipunan (Acuña); and Jomar Vidal (Daan-Sur).

The remains of Gayas, Jr. is now at the Franco Funeral Homes in Calinog, Iloilo, while those of the eight others are at Somo Funeral Homes in Tapaz.

Meanwhile, those arrested were identified as Jucie Katipunan Caro, Marilou Catamin, Eleuteria Caro, and Rollen Catamin (Roosevelt); Ailyn Diaz Catamin and Rolando Diaz Caspillo Sr. (Tacayan); Marivic Aguirre (Lahug); Benny Pet Lorana (Aglinab); Ferdinand Aguirre Caspillo (Acuña); and Carlito Gibaliga Diaz (Nayawan), all residents of Tapaz; and Rodolfo Castor Diaz, Lauriano Lozada Castor, Jr., and Benito Diaz Caballero (Masaroy); and Marilyn Chiva, Welsio Chiva, and Benito Diaz Caballero (Garangan), all of Calinog.

On the other hand, still considered at-large as of press time are Allan Diaz Caspillo of Brgy. Tacayan and Abelardo Diaz of Brgy. Nayawan, both in Tapaz; and Fortunato Legarion of Brgy. Garangan, Calinog.

The PRO-6, in coordination with the concerned local units, has also been conducting psychosocial support activities for the affected families since yesterday.


Recovered from those arrested in Calinog during yesterday’s bloody raid were: 1 caliber .45 pistol with magazine loaded with 7 ammunitions, 1 extra magazine with 7 ammunitions, 1 rifle grenade with canister from Rodolfo Castor Diaz, 74 years old; 1 caliber .45 with 7 ammos, 2 rifle grenades from Lauriano Lozada Castor, Jr., 41 years old; 1 improvised holen gun, 2 rifle grenades, 1 bandolier, 1 Colt calibre .45 pistol, 1 magazine loaded with 5 live ammos, 10 caliber .50 live ammos from Benito Diaz Caballero, 52 years old; 1 Colt calibre .45 pistol, 1 magazine loaded with 6 ammos; 1 rifle grenade with canister from Marilyn Chiva; 1 hand grenade, 1 rifle grenade, 1 bandolier, 1 Springfield Armory cal. 45 pistol, 2 magazines of cal. 45, 9 live ammos of cal .45 from Welsio Chiva; and 1 Colt cal. 45, 11 live ammo of cal. 45, 2 magazines of cal. 45, 1 rifle grenade, 1 hand grenade, 1 bandolier from Luisito Bautista, Jr., 57 years old.

Meanwhile, from Legarion’s possession were found 2 rifle grenades, 1 improvised magazine of a homemade 12-gauge shotgun, 1 Colt cal. 45 pistol, 2 magazines, 14 live ammos, and 1 improvised barrel of a homemade 12-gauge shotgun./(N. Glenn Aragon/INews)

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