Slain man's wife accuses cop as behind shooting

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Friday, August 1, 2014


A SLAIN man’s wife alleges that the man riding a motorcycle who shot her husband in front of her is a police officer.

Leilani Vergara whose husband Godwin, 37, was shot dead in front of a bar in Tomas Saco–15th streets in Barangay Macasandig around 1 a.m. Thursday, July 31.

Police said the victim was rushed to the hospital, but the doctors declared him dead.

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In a police report, Godwin had two gunshot wounds in his back.

Before the incident, Godwin together with a companion was sitting on a motorcycle parked in front of the bar, police said.

"According to the operatives who conducted a monitoring operation near the place, two men acted suspiciously while sitting on the motorcycle and holding the handlebars. They tried to unlock it. As the operatives approached and asked the two men, Leilani came out of the bar," said Senior Inspector Ariel Pontillas, Macasandig police station commander.

In a TV Patrol report, Vergara questioned the police for accusing her husband to be suspicious.

Routine check

Pontillas clarified the approach was not intended to offend or to accuse the suspects. Since similar cases have been plaguing the city these days, thus they only checked.

The police said the victim, his wife and a companion "gracefully" accompanied the group of five plainclothes policemen to the station to settle the dispute.

Pontillas identified the police officers by their last names and ranks—SPO1 Maglangit, PO3 Daclag, PO2 Budo and PO2 Vicente.

Pontillas said the vehicle was planted in the location as their bait to possible motorcycle thieves.

Twenty minutes after the settlement in the police station, a phone call in their office was picked up telling them a suspect was shot dead.

"If they think a police was behind this incident, they have to identify him. In my part, it's impossible the suspect is one of my operatives since, in fact, they have met here [station]," Pontillas said.

The remains of the victim lie in state at a funeral parlor in Barangay Bulua while the family still has to decide where to hold the wake.

Mijares spoke

With the waves of unsolved killings in the city and the rising demands for Senior Superintendent Graciano Mijares to step down on his alleged failure to lead the city police, Mijares issued a statement Thursday late afternoon thanking the Cagayan de Oro police office for rallying behind him amid the challenges.

He would continue to welcome criticisms, comments and suggestions to better the police organization.

“With regard to my stay as the city director, I humbly respect their opinions and rest assured, I would promptly comply to any order that may come soon or in the near future without hesitation.”

He furthered that together with his men, the police will be focusing on the solution of the incidents in the city and prevent further crimes from happening, especially that the city fiesta, a major activity, is fast approaching.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on August 01, 2014.

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