Tabuk City, Kalinga - In a devastating turn of events, the city of Tabuk is grappling with the loss of a dedicated police officer. Police Staff Sergeant Aldrine Agpad, a 36-year-old member of the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team in Tabuk City, met a tragic end in a suspected hit-and-run incident while pursuing his morning jog on Friday, December 1, 2023.
Early Morning Routine Turns Fatal
Agpad, committed to both physical fitness and his duty as a law enforcement officer, left his residence after 3:00 a.m. for a routine jog. His intention was to engage in physical activity before reporting for duty. However, by 6:30 a.m., he was discovered injured and lifeless on the national highway in Barangay Nambaran.
Swift Response and Unfortunate Outcome
Promptly rushed to the hospital, Agpad was declared dead on arrival by the attending physician. The circumstances surrounding his demise are shrouded in suspicion as investigators believe he fell victim to a hit-and-run incident, evidenced by debris found near his body.
Kalinga Police Spokesperson, PCapt. Ruff Manganip, shed light on the ongoing investigation. According to Manganip, a local resident reported hearing a loud crash around 3:41 a.m. Although the noise was significant, the resident refrained from investigating further. This piece of information becomes crucial in piecing together the timeline of events.
Search for the Culprit Intensifies
As the community mourns the loss of an officer committed to maintaining public safety, law enforcement intensifies efforts to locate the vehicle responsible. Authorities are meticulously reviewing CCTV footage to trace the movements of the unidentified vehicle.
Public Urged to Assist
To aid in the identification of the suspect, Manganip has issued a public appeal. Anyone who may have witnessed a vehicle with a damaged hood around the time of the incident is encouraged to reach out to the PNP Tabuk hotline at 09089000900 or the Kalinga PNP at 09157796556.
"Agpanpanawagan tayo latta iti tulong iti publiko nga nu adda man iti makita da nga nadadael iti hood iti maysa a lugan ket itext da latta iti hotline tayo," Manganip emphasized.
Coordinated Efforts for Justice
In the wake of this tragedy, the community's collective effort is paramount. Law enforcement, in collaboration with local residents, is committed to unraveling the circumstances surrounding Police Staff Sergeant Aldrine Agpad's untimely demise. The call for justice echoes not only in the pursuit of the responsible party but also in preventing such incidents from casting a shadow over the city's sense of security in the future.
Condolences to the Agpad Family
As we grapple with the profound loss of Police Staff Sergeant Aldrine Agpad, our heartfelt condolences go out to his family. In this difficult time, may they find strength and solace, and may the memory of his dedicated service and sacrifice be a source of pride and inspiration to all.