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Off-duty cop shot dead

PARANG, Maguindanao – An off-duty policeman was killed while a roadside police security detachment was strafed in separate incidents Saturday in this province.

PO2 Faustino Berdadero was on his way home walking from a neighbor’s house at barangay Sarmiento here when one of two men positioned at the roadside approached and shot him in the head, killing him instantly.

The unidentified attackers fled before responding policemen and barangay officials reached the crime scene, radio and police reports said.

Berdadero’s slay happened less than a week after two men gunned down PO2 Jonard Clarino in adjacent Sultan Kudarat town.

Clarino was riding his motorcycle en route to Camp SK. Pendatun, the regional police office headquarters here of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), when he was attacked by two men armed with handguns.

On Saturday evening, investigators said, heavily armed men strafed a police detachment at barangay Macabiso in nearby Sultan Mastura town which wounded PO1 Reynaldo Cayanga. (Ali G. Macabalang)