Zambo policeman shot dead

UNIDENTIFIED suspects riding in tandem shot dead a member of Zamboanga City Police Anti-Drug Operatives (ZCPADO) the other night in Zamboanga del Sur.

Zamboanga City Police Station 7 commander Major Arian Delumpines identified the victim as Cpl. Edgar Gaganting, member of Police Station 4.

Reports reaching Camp Crame showed the incident occurred at around 6 p.m. at Barangay Tumaga, Zamboanga City.

Initial investigation said the victim.was onboard his motorcycle on his way home when he was shot by the suspects.

The victim was rushed to the Western Mindanao Medical Center but was pronounced dead on arrival by the attending physician due to gunshot wound in the head.

Record showed that the victim was the first anti drug police agent who was killed since Oplan Tokhang was implemented by the PNP in 2016.

It was learned that Gaganting was also a member of an anti-drug unit who arrested a person connected to a retired prominent police official last January.

Authorities are now conducting follow-up investigation.