3 rob suspects slain in Laguna, Rizal shootouts
Ed Amoroso (The Philippine Star) - December 13, 2015 - 9:00am

CAMP VICENTE LIM, Laguna, Philippines – Three suspected robbers were killed in separate shootouts in this province and in Rizal before dawn on Saturday.

The first incident occurred near a checkpoint in San Mateo, Rizal at around 3:30 a.m.

Town police chief Superintendent Ruben Piquero said officers manning the checkpoint in Barangay Gulod Mataas pulled over two motorcycle-riding  men, who ignored and reportedly shot at them, triggering a shootout.

Investigators said before the shootout, the suspects robbed a woman in the area.

After the firefight, bystanders told police the slain suspects were members of a robbery group operating in the town.

Two hours later, another shootout erupted between police officers and three suspected robbers who stole a motorcycle in Biñan, Laguna.

Jhodie Santiago, 23, complained to the police that three armed men on a motorcycle took his motorcycle parked in Barangay San Antonio.

City police chief Superintendent Serapin Petalio said one of the armed men shot at the pursuing police officers, triggering a firefight that left one of the suspects dead.

The two others escaped, leaving behind their slain companion and Santiago's motorcycle.                        

ATILDE BARANGAY GULOD MATAAS BARANGAY SAN ANTONIO JHODIE SANTIAGO MOTORCYCLE NBSP POLICE RIZAL SAN MATEO SUPERINTENDENT RUBEN PIQUERO SUPERINTENDENT SERAPIN PETALIO
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