‘Lookout’ for Felonia requested-A A +A
Thursday, July 3, 2014
THE Police Regional Office (PRO) in Davao Region requested a lookout bulletin order from the Bureau of Immigration Davao against Senior Superintendent Leonardo Felonia, who stands accused in the murder case of the Cebu-based businessman Richard Lim King.
PRO deputy director for Operations Senior Superintendent Aaron Aquino said the Special Investigation Task Group (SITG) filed the request Monday, after they learned that Felonia is planning to travel outside the country.
Aquino added that the lookout order is important for them to closely monitor Felonia, who is now under the restrictive custody of the Regional Intelligence Unit in Camp Crame.
He also said that Felonia, a Regional Intelligence Unit (RIU) director who was relieved after his alleged involvement in King’s murder, will be escorted if he has something very important to attend to outside the unit.
Felonia was placed under the restrictive custody last Monday. "We're just now waiting for the release of the order,” he said.
“To make it clear, the lookout bulletin order isn’t an assurance na hindi na makakalabas ng bansa si Colonel Felonia but he is not allowed to go out even from Camp Crame unless the Philippine National Police (PNP) chief director authorized him so," Aquino added.
The purpose of the lookout bulletin order is to monitor an individual and not necessarily restrict him/her from leaving the country, while a hold departure order is needed to prevent an individual from flying out the country, which Aquino said only the court can issue such order.
Aquino said he is also coordinating with the former Davao City Police Office (DCPO) director Senior Superintendent Ronald dela Rosa, who is now the deputy chief for the Operations of the PNP's Intelligence Group, to ensure that Felonia is being watched 24 hours.
He added that while the other three suspects are now detained, the task group is still closely monitoring persons of interest, of which two are women, another police officer, and a retired policeman, who might be the real brains in the murder case. “These persons of interest are King’s friends,” Aquino said.
Paul Dave Molina Labang, 24, the triggerman, resident of Daliao Toril, was arrested Sunday at 10:30 p.m. at Laud Firing Range in Maa, Davao City, while the brothers Rommel and Rodel dela Cerna, a self-confessed suspects, surrendered Monday to the authorities.
Aside from monitoring the person of interest, Aquino added that the .45 caliber pistol loaded with 14 live ammunitions will again be subjected to a ballistic test, after the results of the first test showed that the bullet recovered from the scene did not match the bullet fired from the gun. They are also looking for another gun.
"The case is considered solved dahil nahuli na yung gumawa ng krimen, but it is not yet closed dahil ongoing pa ang investigation. The SITG members, particularly the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) 11 are already digging deeper into their investigation," Aquino said.
Aquino said the SITG also tapped the Anti-Cyber Crime operatives to also check the four cellular phones of the victim, and the cellular phones of some persons of interest, "which in due time we will inform you everything after we gathered all the information we needed and arrest the mastermind."
"The three suspects can be called members of the gun for hire dahil pumayag sila sa utos ni Felonia pero hindi masabi if they are experts sa trabaho nila, kasi hindi sila sanay. Napasubo lang daw sila kasi itong si Felonia laging nasa Laud Fire Range, which duon sila nagkakilala," he added.
When asked if Felonia and the other three suspects can be placed under a Witness Protection Program, Aquino said never for the police officer and Labang. He added that the dela Cerna brothers could be, but they still need to think about it.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on July 03, 2014.