ZAMBOANGA CITY – The local police force in an unwavering quest for justice has launched a large-scale manhunt operation to capture three suspects linked to the tragic killing of Ensign Jenard Santos, an officer of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), within the city limits.
Col. Alexander Lorenzo, the city police director, confirms the identities of the individuals responsible for the gun slaying, intensifying efforts to bring them to justice.
Relentless Pursuit of Justice
Ensign Santos, 30, previously stationed at the Coast Guard District Southwestern Mindanao (CGDSWM) headquarters in Zamboanga City, fell victim to the ambush while riding his motorcycle in Barangay Kampung Islam around 5:50 p.m. on Thursday. Assailants fired multiple gunshots, resulting in his untimely demise.
During a phone interview, Lt. Col. Paul Andrew Cortes, the city police information officer, revealed, “The suspects shot him while he was on his way home,” emphasizing that the victim hailed from Barangay Curuan in Zamboanga City.
Tragic Incident and Stray Bullet
Following the attack, Santos was rushed to the hospital but unfortunately succumbed to his injuries. Tragically, a stray bullet injured Mushayra Tiblani, a 23-year-old resident of Kampung Islam.
At the crime scene, investigators found six empty shells of a 9-mm pistol, crucial evidence aiding the ongoing investigation.
Believed to be Work-Related
Col. Lorenzo believes Santos’ killing was likely motivated by work-related issues. The officer had previously served in General Santos City but was relocated to the CGDSWM headquarters in Zamboanga City due to perceived threats to his life.
Pursuit of Perpetrators
Authorities are determined to apprehend the perpetrators, ensuring justice is served and providing solace to the grieving family and colleagues of Ensign Jenard Santos.