PNP to probe alleged suicide of rookie policewoman


LAOAG CITY — The Philippine National Police (PNP) is set to investigate the death of a new policewoman who was found unconscious in her house in Barangay Poblacion, Dumalneg town, Ilocos Norte province on Friday afternoon and died in a hospital the next day.

Based on initial police probe, the policewoman, whose name her mother requested not to be mentioned in the media, died because of an apparent suicide. Sources said a drawstring — a string or cord that closes or tightens — was tied around her neck when she was found unconscious in her house, before she was rushed to the hospital.

She was supposed to be having some personal problems, according to people who know her.

The 25-year-old cop, with a rank of Police Officer 1, joined the PNP in 2016. She was supposed to marry a fellow police officer with whom she had a four-year-old son next month.

The late policewoman had been a consistent honor student in her school days, and graduated class valedictorian. She finished a degree in Secondary Education, major in English, at the Mariano Marcos State University’s College of Education in this city but opted to enter the police service, when she saw an opportunity for better employment.

Her shocked colleagues, family members, and friends could hardly believe she was gone too soon, as she had been described as “highly professional and efficient”.

On Monday, Senior Supt. Jose Melencio Nartatez Jr., Provincial Director of Ilocos Norte PNP, said the PNP would conduct a deeper investigation into the newbie policewoman’s death for possible foul play.

At press time, the police said they had found possible motives for killing the late policewoman, but declined to elaborate further.

“She’s brilliant and wise with a strong personality like a man. She’s very jolly and sweet too,” said George Emman Manuel, a public school teacher and a best friend of the victim in college.