Duterte raises bounty of Negros cop killers to ₱3-M

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President Rodrigo Duterte has raised to ₱3 million the bounty for the gunmen who killed four police officers in Negros Oriental on July 18.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 25) — President Rodrigo Duterte has raised to ₱3 million the bounty for the gunmen who killed four police officers in Negros Oriental on July 18.

At the inauguration of the Candon City Bypass Road in Ilocos Sur Thursday, Duterte said the bounty will keep on increasing "and the pressure that goes with it" as long as the head of the perpetrators are handed over to him.

"Dalhin mo lang 'yung ulo ng *****, okay na sa akin [Bring the head of the son of a ***** here, I will be okay with it[]," he said.

The Philippine National Police believes members of the New People’s Army (NPA), the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), were behind the killing.

READ: 4 cops killed by NPA rebels in Negros Oriental – PNP

Duterte also dismissed reports that the Negros village chief tagged in the policemen's slay committed suicide.

"Ngayon may pakana sila na 'yun daw nag-lead ng grupo na 'yun [Now, they came up with a story that the leader of the group], he became despondent, he committed suicide. Bolahin ako ng mga *****. Do not **** with me," he said.

Sunny Caldera, 51, incumbent Mabato village captain, died in an apparent suicide on July 22. Authorities were investigating his involvement in the crime since he was the last person seen talking to the slain policemen.

The Philippine National Police believes members of the New People’s Army (NPA), the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), were behind the killing.

Duterte lamented how the rebels reportedly beat the policemen to death, as he said military men and police officers do not abuse rebels surrenderees.

"The military does not allow it, I do not allow it because you will just exacerbate the situation. They will just generate hatred," he said.

Duterte walked away from on-off peace negotiations with communist insurgent in November 2017 as both sides accused each other of ceasefire violations. The talks were supposed to resume in June 2018, but Duterte had it postponed for a supposed review of all previous agreements with the rebels.

The administration has since pushed for a policy whereby local government officials will talk peace with the CPP, who has waged a five-decade insurgency. The CPP rejected these localized talks.