Cagayan de Oro City—One of Northern Mindanao’s top cop in Police Supt. Michael John Deloso is in critical condition after he was ambushed on Tuesday around 9:55 am just outside the National Bureau of Investigation Region 10 headquarters.
Scene of Crime Operatives Police Senior Insp. Derlyn Reuyan said that Deloso had just dropped off his wife, a medical doctor at the Northern Mindanao Medical Center when he was ambushed less than two blocks away from NMMC and just a stone throws away from the NBI headquarters.
The crime occurred along Juan Luna Street corner Capitol Road at the Misamis Oriental Provincial Compound, this city.
Reuyan said that they were able to recover nine pieces of .45 caliber, 12 pieces of 9mm, 3 pieces of deformed fired bullets and a piece of metal jacket from a fired bullet.
“We are not sure yet which bullets were fired from which direction,” Reuyan said.
Deloso was rushed to the NMMC where he has undergone operation for his wounds.
Reuyan said the suspects were riding in two motorcycles.
Bullets holes are still visible in the van’s driver side.
According to Cagayan de Oro City Police Office chief of DCDO PSupt Reynante Reyes, Deloso is assigned at the Regional Police Strategy Management Unit, Regional Police Headquarters in Camp Vicente Alagar.
Deloso was implicated in an extortion attempt in 2014 in a complaint by drivers and jeepney operators in this city while he was chief of the Cocpo traffic unit.
An NBI entrapment nabbed Deloso and Police Officer 3 Ernesto Galleto but Deloso was later acquitted.
Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Oscar Moreno has condemned all acts of violence including the attempt on the life of Deloso.
“Any shooting or killing is a barbaric act and must be condemned by any decent society,” Moreno said.
“We must condemn any acts on extrajudicial killings, I do not condone it, I dont allow it,” he added.
“We urge police authorities, including the NBI, CIDG and other law enforcement agencies to conduct immediately an investigation in order to identify the perpetrators and other persons responsible,” the mayor said.
“We hope and pray that Col. Deloso recovers fully and speedily as we expect to identify the suspects and brought them before the bar of justice,” he added.