Retired police official gunned down in Sultan Kudarat

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 29 June) – Unidentified gunmen shot dead a retired police official in a daring attack along the national highway in Isulan town in Sultan Kudarat on Saturday morning.

Senior Supt. Rex dela Rosa, Sultan Kudarat police director, said retired Supt. Teofilo Kinazo was driving his pickup past 10 a.m. at a portion of the national highway in Barangay Kenram in Isulan town when he was waylaid by two motorcycle-riding suspects.

He said several bystanders immediately rushed the victim to a nearby hospital but failed to reach the hospital alive due to multiple gunshot wounds.

“We have not yet established any motive as our investigation is still ongoing,” he said in a radio interview.

As of noon Saturday, Dela Rosa said their investigators are still conducting investigation at the scene of the incident.

Kinazo, who is a resident of Isulan town, retired from police service in 2008.

He had served and held key positions in various police stations and offices in Sultan Kudarat province and other areas of Region 12 or Southwestern Mindanao.

He was among the retired police officers who were honored by the Police Regional Office 12 in August 2008 as part of its commemoration of the joint anniversaries of the Philippine National Police’s (PNP) predecessors, the Philippine Constabulary (PC) and the Integrated National Police (INP).

Kinazo and the three other retired police officers were honored as “bearers and witnesses of unending stories about courage, heroism, devotion to duty, and love of country by the men and women of the PC, the INP and the PNP.”