How did Ozamis group’s escorts escape unhurt?

Manila, Philippines --- Did the six police escorts of two suspected leaders of the notorious Ozamis robbery group do a "Harry Houdini" act seconds before motorcycle-riding men peppered bullets at their vehicle?

Agents of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) are now scratching their heads as they wonder how police escorts of slain Ozamis robbery group leaders Ricky Cadavero alias "Kambal" and Wilfredo Panogalinga alias "Kulot" were able to do the impossible and dodge the flying bullets inside the Bureau of Corrections van.

An NBI source, who refused to be named for the lack of authority to speak, admitted that it would be impossible for the six-members of the PNP-Regional Special Operations Group (PNP-RSOG) to escape the attack, which was carried out by two armed motorcycle riders, unscathed if they were really ambushed by the rescuers of the two notorious robbery leaders.

"Did they just do a Houdini and vanished into thin air when the allegedarmed bikers started firing their guns?" the source asked the Manila Bulletin with a tone of sarcasm.

On Wednesday, NBI forensics team and members of the NBI-Calabarzon visited the crime scene at Barangay San Antonio, in San Pedro, Laguna to gather enough evidence which will prove or disprove the claim of policemen that both Cadavero and Panogalinga were killed in their attempt to escape from their custody.

The police escorts had claimed that armed motorcycle riders tried to rescue the two suspected leaders of Ozamis robbery group shortly after their inquest proceedings in Cavite last Monday.
But citing the initial results of the trajectory of bullets that entered and exited the RSOG van, the NBI source pointed out that the passengers of the vehicles should have sustained wounds during the so-called attack.

"Don't you find it unusual that not a single policeman was hurt in the attack? Bullets are flying inside the van and yet no one was hurt. How was that possible?"

The NBI source explained that at least two bullets could have directly hit and killed the driver and the person in the passenger seat of the van based on the trajectory of the bullets holes found in the windshield, the window and the seats.

"Base on our initial information, the person driving the van and the person in the passenger seat were both police officers. I am really wondering why they were not killed or hurt during the supposed attack if there really was an attack," he said.

As this developed, the NBI source said that their witness was allegedly secured by members of the Quezon City Police when they attempted to meet up with his family in Farmers Market in Cubao.

"Up until now, we have not talked to him [the witness] again," he said.

The initial findings of the forensic experts apparently corroborated the statement of the 16-year-old witness who debunked the story of the PNP that armed motorcycle riders tried to rescue the two suspected leaders of Ozamis robbery group shortly after their inquest proceedings in Cavite last Monday.
Jomar (not his real name) told NBI investigators the PNP-RSOG van carrying the Ozamis gang members has no escorts and that there were no armed bikers trailing behind the police vehicle.
What he saw, according to the witness, was at least four vehicles which blocked the road where the prison van was expected to pass by.

He also saw at least four men on-board the two vehicles, blocking the stretch along Brgy. San Antonio, Dasmarinas, Cavite City.

"Pasa ala-sais noong lunes ng magkaroon ng traffic sa lugar at nakita ko ang dalawang sasakyan na nakaharang sa kalsada," the boy said.

"Nakasibilyan sila (yung mga nakasakay sa vehicle). Dalawa nakita ko, nung pagbaba. Yung isa na naka-camouflage, nagpaputok siya kaya napatakbo na ako," he added.

As this developed, the NBI source said that their witness was allegedly secured by members of the Quezon City Police when they attempted to meet up with his family in Farmers Market in Cubao.

He said that they were to meet up with the father of Jomar in Cubao in order to convince him to come with them at the NBI headquarters and convince them to let his son testify last Wednesday evening.

But when the NBI agents arrived in Cubao, the source claimed that they failed to meet Jomar and his family and instead, they were informed by Jomar's father that they were "secured" by members of the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) Station 3.
"Up until now, we have not talked to him [the witness] again," he said.

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