CITY OF ILAGAN, Philippines- President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is expected to arrive in the province tomorrow, June 21, to personally pay his last respects to a 31-year old town police chief who was killed in action during an anti-drug operation last Sunday night.
Police Senior Inspector Michael Angelo Tubana, Mallig chief of police, was shot dead by drug suspects who were resisting arrest during a buy-bust operation.
In a coordination meeting held today, Presidential Management Staff (PMS) Northern Luzon head Cesar Tuliao said the President will go to the Philippine Army’s 5th Infantry Division in Gamu town for a short visit to the eight soldiers who were wounded in the recent encounter with the members of the New People’s Army in Echague town.
The President will then proceed to the Isabela Provincial Police Office (IPPO) in this city to express his condolences to the family of Tubana whose remains will be transferred from St. Peter’s in Gamu to the IPPO tomorrow.
On June 19, Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Director General Oscar Albayalde posthumously awarded the “Medalya ng Kadakilaan” on top of Tubana’s casket at his wake in Gamu town.
“To lay one’s life for the purpose of preserving peace and order for the Glory of God is not as easy as pulling a trigger to disable the target and your death is a supreme sacrifice,” Albayalde said.
The PNP chief vowed to continue to intensify their massive campaign against criminality and illegal drugs in the country to achieve a peaceful community.Merlito Egdale/PIA