DAVAO CITY - A policeman was killed by motorcycle-riding assailants in Panabo City, Davao del Norte on Wednesday.
SPO2 Orlando Badar was gunned down and his service firearm was taken, police said.
Police Senior Inspector Frederick Deles said the closest motive of the crime would be weapon robbery.
However, Davao City Police director Senior Supt. Alexander Tagum said the New People's Army could be behind the crime.
"With the modus operandi, and what transpired in the past days and weeks, wherein policemen were also killed in other areas, we are looking into the possibility that NPA hitmen killed our men," he said.
"We are looking into that, but nonetheless ang NPA naman alam natin na ganyan ang kanilang modus. Ang kanilang tinitira 'yung walang kalaban-laban. 'Yung naka-motor, yung nakatayo lang," said Maj. Ezra Balagtey, Eastern Mindanao Command spokesperson.
Tagum gave financial assistance to Badar's family from the Philippine National Police.
"We provide mortuary support to the family of policemen killed in line of their duty. Police regional office XI and the city mayor's office also pledged to give financial assistance," he said.
Badar's wife Rolina couldn't think of a motive why her husband was murdered and said SPO2 Badar was a good and friendly person, and did not receive any death threats.