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4 men gun down rookie cop; 16 empty shells left in crime scene

By Jorge Hallare LEGAZPI CITY --- A rookie policeman suffered a gruesome death after four gunmen shot him in the head and various parts of the body in Nabua, Camarines Sur Thursday, said a belated report that reached the Police Regional Office in Bicol (PRO5) here at Camp Simeon Ola on Friday. Sr. Insp. Ma.Luisa Calubaquib, PRO5 spokesperson, identified the victim as PO1 Noel Pili, who was killed around 7:25 p.m. on Thursday in Barangay San Antonio Poblacion, Nabua town. She said Pili was on his motorcycle parked on the roadside while waiting for his wife when the gunmen approached and shot him. Calubaquib said the killing was “brutal” as the gunmen even “toyed around” with Pili’s body. “Besides shooting Pili on the head, they pumped bullets on all parts of his boy, including his behind,” she said. Investigators found 16 shells of a gun with an unknown caliber at the crime scene. Initial investigation showed the victim had come from police duty and decided to wait for his wife in Nabua town so they could go home together in the neighboring town of Bato, also in Camarines Sur, when he was waylaid by the gunmen. Relatives told police they do not know of any enemies of Pili who would want him killed. “Pili was one of four siblings, all of them male and working as either policemen or soldiers,” said Calubaquib. She said investigation is ongoing to determine motive for the killing and identity of the gunmen.

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