2 cops killed in Caloocan shootout

Posted at 09/04/2012 2:56 PM | Updated as of 09/04/2012 3:39 PM

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATE) – Two Caloocan police officers were killed after engaging in a gunfight with still unidentified suspects onboard a motorcycle on Tuesday.

The victims were identified as SPO3 Tom Perez and SPO1 Tirso Ronkales Jr.

Initial investigation from SPO1 Dioscoro Pascua showed that the 2 cops apprehended the riding-in-tandem suspects along Phase 8, Baluarte st., Bagong Silang in Caloocan.

But instead of stopping, the suspects sped away and fired at the cops, said authorities.

Police have yet to determine if the 2 suspects were also hit in the encounter.

They are now the subject of a manhunt operation of Caloocan Police. -- Reports from Robert Mano, dzMM; Doland Castro, ABS-CBN News