2 jail officers, 2 suspects dead in Muntinlupa shootout

MANILA, Philippines – At least 4 died in a shooting incident in Muntinlupa City Thursday morning, January 18.

According to a police progress report, two Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) guards and two unidentified shooting suspects were declared dead after an encounter near the Muntinlupa City Jail along Tunasan, where local BJMP officers hold office.

Muntinlupa police chief Senior Superintendent Dante Novicio said they took in their custody  as a person of interest a Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) guard spotted at the scene.

"No'ng magresponde ang kapulisan, meron kasing namataan ang mga tropa na isang armado na lalake na may baril sa bag kaya hinold na rin siya (When police responded, they saw an armed man with a gun, so he was held) ," Novicio told Rappler in a phone interview, referring to the BuCor guard.

In police custody is Deejay Tanael, a Prison Guard 1 at the New Bilibid Prison, Novicio said. He was in civilian clothes when he was captured. He is not yet declared as a suspect.

Novicio said they are currently checking CCTV cameras in the area that can provide a narrative to the shooting. The information from the CCTVs can possibly clear or warrant deeper investigation into Tanael's involvement. – Rappler.com

Rambo Talabong

Rambo Talabong covers security, crime, and the city of Manila for Rappler. He was chosen as a Jaime V. Ongpin Fellow in 2019 for his reporting on President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs.