Slain teacher helped police anti-drug drive-A A +A
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
SLAIN public school teacher Ariel Antonio Cosenas was a police asset and provided information that led to the arrest of many drug suspects.
This is the angle that the police are looking at as they investigate the killing of Cosenas over the weekend.
Senior Supt. Noel Gillamac, director of Cebu Provincial Police Office (CPPO), said Cosenas, 45, helped in their fight against illegal drugs.
“He was active in giving information to the police, which led to the arrest of drug suspects,” he told reporters.
Gillamac directed the Cebu Provincial Investigation and Detective Management Branch (PIDMB) to help the Dumanjug Police Station in the investigation.
As of yesterday, the police still did not have any leads on the identities of Cosenas’ killers, who are believed to be involved in gun-for-hire activities.
Senior Insp. Cesar Misola, Dumanjug police chief, said Cosenas recently received an order transferring him to another school.
But Cosenas was ambused in Sitio Lumboy, Barangay Camboang in Dumanjug at 11:54 p.m. last Saturday.
He died from several gunshot wounds. His 12-year-old daughter, who was with him during the ambush, sustained bruises when the motorcycle they were riding fell to the ground.
When Misola interviewed Cosenas’ family, he noticed the victim's wife was angry at the teacher.
“Mahilig kasi magsugal at gumagamit rin daw ng druga (He liked to gamble and allegedly used illegal drugs),” he told Sun.Star Cebu.
Misola said the family also blamed Cosenas after their electricity connection was cut off.
“Wala rin daw silang kain (They don’t have anything to eat),” he added.
According to Cosenas' colleagues in Lawaan Elementary School, police learned Cosenas received complaints from students.
Misola said the teacher was reportedly always tired and couldn't teach the students well.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 01, 2013.