Ambushed Arpon Buried in Hinobaan
Former Guihulngan City PNP chief, Superintendent Arnel Arpon was buried at noon Saturday at Hinobaan public cemetery, the place of his wife Analyn, where they also reside
Thousands of mourners attended the burial after a mass at St. Michael Parish Church in Hinobaan town that started at 9:30 in the morning.
Police Chief Supt. Edmund Gonzales, the Negros Island Region (PRO-18) Regional Director led other police officers during the burial.
Arpon’s classmates at the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) Class 1998 were the pall bearers.
On Friday evening and Saturday morning, different police stations leading to Hinobaan from Bacolod City conducted police checkpoints to provide security in preparation for the burial rites.
Arpon is a native of Catarman, Northern Samar but his family opted to burry him in Hinoba-an where his wife and children reside.
Prior to become a police officer after graduating from PNPA, Arpon was a licensed civil and geodetic engineer.
He previously holds different police stations in Negros Occidental like Sipalay City, Bago City, Cadiz City, and Escalante City before he was offered to head Guihulngan City in Negros Oriental in Negros Island Region.
Last July 21, Arpon acting on the police assistance after City Councilor Edison De La Rita of Guihulngan City was ambushed by the New People’s Army around 7AM.
They were ambushed when they responded, with six of his men riding in motorcycles as advance party and he and some of his men on a Mahindra patrol car, in Sitio Mandi-i in Barangay Magsaysay in Guihulngan City, Negros Oriental around 10AM.
Six of his men were also killed by about 60 or more NPA members armed with high powered firearms. Three of his men were wounded and were able to escape.
The survivor said that their police chief was able to return fire even if he was already wounded.
The Leonardo Panaligan Command of the NPA Central Negros claimed responsibility for the ambush through their spokesperson JB Regalado.* (Cyrus M. Garde)