PNP releases sketch of suspects in Bulacan town police chief's slay

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 27) — The Philippine National Police said it has released the composite sketches of the suspects in the killing of PLtCol Marlon Serna, the chief of police of San Miguel, Bulacan.

In a briefing Monday, PNP spokesperson PCol Jean Fajardo said one of the victims in the robbery which Serna responded to was able to identify the perpetrators.

"Kung matatandaan natin, bago mangyari ang insidente na nagresulta sa pagkamatay ng chief of police ay may nangyari pong holdapan. At isa sa mga suspek ay nataga pa ng isa sa mga biktima natin. So siya po ang nagbigay ng mga description na puwedeng mapagkakilanlan dito sa mga suspek," said Fajardo.

[Translation: If you recall, there was a robbery before the incident that resulted in the death of the chief of police. And one of the suspects was hacked by one of the victims, who was able to provide a description of the suspects.]

She added that the police were now looking at leads that they hope would result in the arrest of the assailants.

"May mga tinututukan na pong lead ang PNP at umaasa tayo sa tulong ng ating mga kababayan at paglabas nga po nating nitong sketch ay matutunton at makikilala na natin itong mga suspects," Fajardo said.

[Translation: The PNP is looking at some leads and we hope that with the people's help, as well as the release of the sketch, we can identify and find the suspects.]

Serna was shot and killed on March 25 by two unidentified gunmen during a police operation in Barangay Buhol na Mangga in San Ildefonso town.

His remains have been brought to his home in Sta. Rosa, Nueva Ecija, said the PNP.

Fajardo said the manhunt for Serna's killers is ongoing.

The Department of the Interior and Local Government, PNP, and Bulacan local government on Sunday put up a P1.2-million reward for anyone who could provide information that would lead to the arrest of the gunmen.