• Two motorcycle-riding men were killed after they refused to stop at a checkpoint in Manila
  • One of the slain men was identified as a police officer
  • Conduct of checkpoints and deployment of visibility patrols in areas of convergence and in vital installations are now in place following the bombing incident in Davao City

Two men riding-in tandem on a motorcycle, one of them a police officer, were killed after they sped through a police checkpoint in Manila around 9:25 p.m. on Sunday, September 4.

James Agustin of GMA Network’s DZBB Super Radyo said that according to Senior Inspector Ariel Del Rosario, chief of the Malate district’s Investigation Section, the police officers manning the checkpoint on Adriatico Street signaled the pair to stop but did not heed the signal and instead sped through the checkpoint.

Del Rosario added the police officers pursued the two men on the motorcycle which eventually crashed after the driver lost control of their vehicle. The men, who were armed, pulled their guns and fired at the pursuing lawmen. The suspects were eventually slain in the ensuing gunfight.

The police later learned that one of the slain suspects was also a policeman, identified as 33-year-old Police Officer 2 Manuel Fuentes. His companion was identified as 40-year-old Alexander Escobal.

Two firearms were recovered from them – a.38 caliber gun and a 9mm pistol.

The Philippine National Police and the Armed Forces of the Philippines are now under full alert status following the bombing incident at a night market in Davao City that killed 14 persons.

Conduct of checkpoints and deployment of visibility patrols in areas of convergence and in vital installations are now in place. Security measures in all seaports, airports, bus and public utility vehicle terminals, and malls have been intensified, according to Police Regional Office-7 Director Noli Taliño.