Discharged Pasig cop shot dead in front of church

A former policeman who was simply dismissed from the service because of alleged hyperlinks to drug and robbery activities was shot dead in broad daylight in front on the Pasig Cathedral on Thursday morning. SPO1 Rolando Baltazar had just come from the Pasig Regional Trial Court (RTC) and it was driving his motorcyle, a Yamaha Vega Force, when killed along Caruncho Avenue close to the corner of M.H. del Pilar at about 10:30 a.m. Motorcycle-riding assailants reportedly stopped Baltazar near the Immaculate Conception Cathedral, some 300 meters from the Pasig City Hall, and opened fire.

Baltazar was hit in the head and body and died around the spot. Recovered from the crime scene have been a number of empty shells of .45 cal. and 9mm bullets. An initial report from the Eastern Police District said Baltazar was arrested this July for the duration of a buy-bust operation. Much more than 100 grams of shabu had been allegedly located in his possession. The complaint, even so, was returned for additional investigation for absence of probable result in, an EPD report said. Prior to the attack, Baltazar attended a primary investigation in the Pasig RTC. According to the EPD public info workplace, Baltazar was dismissed in the service a lot more than two years ago due to his alleged involvement in illegal drugs.

In 2014, he was arrested based on a warrant from Judge Danilo Cruz from the Pasig RTC Branch 152 for robbery. Baltazar was tagged because the leader in the “Gapos Gang Spider Group,” a robbery group whose modus integrated robbing properties where occupants had been hogtied, an EPD officer said


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