SLAIN COP. Men carry the body of Staff Sgt. Joerel Pajac, fatally shot in Catubig, Northern Samar on Jan. 10, 2022. The Philippine National Police on Tuesday (Jan. 11, 2022) condemned the incident.
(Photo courtesy of Danny Balading)

TACLOBAN CITY – The Philippine National Police (PNP) has condemned the fatal shooting of an intelligence police officer in Catubig, Northern Samar on January 10.
The Police Regional Office 8 (Eastern Visayas) here said the “treacherous” attack against Staff Sgt. Joerel Pajac was a clear violation of human rights.
“We call on witnesses to the incident to cooperate with our police to identify the attackers so that justice will be served,” the PNP said in a statement issued on Tuesday night.
Pajac, 39, a resident of Calingnan village in Catubig town, was assigned to the Northern Samar Police Intelligence Unit.
He was about to disembark from a motorboat when four armed men suddenly appeared and shot him.
The unarmed victim jumped into the water but the gunmen continued shooting at him before fleeing towards San Francisco village.
The victim’s body was recovered floating on the river after more than an hour.
Catubig, a third-class town in Northern Samar, is about 311 km. north from Tacloban, the regional capital.