Police, military working on Ligiw case-A A +A
Thursday, March 27, 2014
LA TRINIDAD, Benguet -- Abra police and the military are working to solve the Ligiw murders.
Lieutenant Colonel Danilo Domingo, commanding officer of the 41st Infantry Battalion, in a statement, said the Ligiw case is under lead investigation by the Abra Police.
Domingo declined to give any statement as of the moment, saying it will be premature and might hamper the investigation being done by the police.
Militants are pointing to 41st IB as prime suspects in the killing of Licuben, Freddie and Edie Ligiw, saying the group has been conducting operations in the area when the three were last sighted on March 2.
Abra police chief Benjamin Lusad said the investigation is still ongoing with statements from relatives, community members and neighbors about to be completed.
Lusad said police teams have re-inspected the crime scene four times already. "We keep going back to the area to gather evidence," he said.
The Ligiws were also active members of activist organizations, with Fermin as member of activist group Anakbayan while all of the three are members of KASTAN (Kakailian Salakniban Tay Amin ti Nagtaudan), the provincial chapter of Cordillera People's Alliance (CPA) in Abra.
The Cordillera Human Rights Alliance points to the 41st IB as main suspects in the death of the three Ligiws, who were found bound and gagged, and placed unceremoniously on top of one another in a shallow grave and found after four days.
The CHRA said the 41st IB had investigated Freddie, prior to his death, was even forced to become a military guide in operations against insurgent groups in the area.
Allegedly, the military group has accused Freddie to be working for insurgent group, the Ligiws were about to file their official complaint to Abra Human Rights Movement before his untimely death.
Domingo said the 41st IB is cooperating with the Abra police in the investigation.
Military records show, Freddie, was an NPA returnee, who decided to go back to the government fold in 2011, while Edie is part of a stakeholder’s military project in the area as well.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on March 28, 2014.