MUNTINLUPA CITY, Philippines — The Muntinlupa City Police has created a special investigation task group to focus on the killing of suspended Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) legal officer Atty. Frederick Anthony Santos.
The police said neither the closed-circuit television camera (CCTV) installed in the vicinity of the crime scene nor the dashcam of Santos’ vehicle was able to capture the shooting incident that took the life of the official.
Muntinlupa City Police chief PCol. Hermogenes Duque Cabe, however, said they can still check on all the CCTV in the possible route that the suspects took in fleeing the crime scene.
“Ongoing ang investigation pa rin hanggang ngayon,” Cabe said.
Based on the autopsy, Santos sustained two gunshots in the head, one on his neck, and three on his left arm.
Witnesses said the suspects left the crime scene on a motorcycle.
The Department of Justice, on the other hand, has earlier ordered the National Bureau of Investigation to conduct its own investigation on the killing of the suspended BuCor official.
The DOJ doesn’t discount the possibility that the shooting is connected with the good conduct time allowance (GCTA) controversy at the agency.
Santos was supposed to return to work on March 12 after the six-month suspension meted out on him by the Office of the Ombudsman due to anomalous implementation of the GCTA.
Meanwhile, Senator Ronald dela Rosa believes that the drug lords in the New Bilibid Prisons are behind the killing of Atty. Santos.
“’yung nagpapatay dyan sa mga tao natin sa BuCor, yan din yung mga nakakulong na drug lord dyan na kumbaga hindi nasunod yung kanilang kagustuhan. Marami pa yang pera at galamay sa labas na pwede kang ipapatay. Tinatakot nga ang mga judge, mga piskal,” dela Rosa said. —(from the report of Correspondent Sherwin Culubong) /mbmf
MANILA, Philippines — This year’s Traslacion of the Black Nazarene moved faster than in previous years, according to authorities.
From the starting point at Quirino Grandstand in Luneta, devotees were able to cross and reach Ayala Bridge and Palanca Street for almost five hours only specifically from 4:00am to 7:00am.
This year, the Andas was escorted and surrounded by police personnel forming the so-called ‘andas wall’ to ensure the safety of devotees.
The police force was divided into sectors, each headed by a police colonel or lieutenant colonel managing their team.
Upon reaching Ayala Bridge, the police let the devotees take control of the procession up to Arlegui Street.
From there, the andas took Nepomuceno counter flow to Concepcion Aguila street then to Carcer Street until it reached Plaza del Carmen.
The andas also passed through Bilibid Viejo Street; Gil Puyat; P. De Guzman; Hidalgo Street; Quezon Boulevard; Palangca Street; Quezom Bridge; Villalobos Street; and Plaza Miranda to its destination in Quiapo Church.
Several devotees, however, complained why the plan did not let the andas pass through the underpass in Quezon Bridge.
Authorities blocked the said underpass with a barricade.
“All areas were closed. They said we cannot cross there,” said a devotee from Cavite, Vivencio Agumbay.
“The road is closed even that passage at the side of the church,” lamented Danding Santos from Bulacan.
Several road closures annoyed devotees who were eager to see the Andas.
Some of them tried to knock down the barricade at the Quezon Bridge underpass.
They even attacked and broke the windshield of a police vehicle.
Despite the aggression, the police personnel remained calm and exercised maximum tolerance in dispersing the devotees. – MNP (with reports from Correspondent Vincent Arboleda)
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