LOCAL police in Talisay City threatened to sue anyone who will shelter or protect suspected gun-for-hire and Barangay Maghaway Councilor Felix Abacajan.
Supt. Aileen Recla, acting Talisay City police chief, said she will not hesitate to arrest and charge anyone who will be found sheltering Abacajan.
She told reporters that two weeks since the Provincial Intelligence Branch (PIB) conducted an operation against Abacajan, they have yet to find out where the suspected gun-for-hire is hiding.
But they received information that Abacajan attended the funeral of his brother, Joeser, who was killed during the PIB operation.
Recla said they went to the cemetery to find Abacajan, but he was not there.
Recla urged those who saw Abacajan to report his whereabouts to the police.
She warned Abacajan’s relatives that they could be charged for sheltering him and preventing police from pinpointing his whereabouts.
“Ang buhaton nila mosumbong sila namo nga naa diha sa ilang lugar si Abacajan aron dili sila maapil nga kasohan (If they don’t want to be included in the charges, they should report to us Abacajan’s whereabouts),” Recla said.
She also urged the suspect’s relatives to surrender Abacajan.
Earlier this month, PIB operatives went to Abacajan’s house in Barangay Maghaway to serve a warrant of arrest against him.
But what began as a simple search turned into a shootout when Joeser and one of his siblings’ cohorts engaged the PIB operatives.
Joeser and the cohort, identified as Julian Bonghanoy, were killed during the shootout while Abacajan was able to escape.
Adhmann Canangcaan, who was identified as Abacajan’s getaway driver, was also arrested by police.
Following Abacajan’s escape, Chief Supt. Noli Taliño, Police Regional Office (PRO) 7 director, ordered all units to conduct a regionwide manhunt against the barangay councilor.