Sunday, September 22, 2019

‘Killer’s confession unusable’

POLICE cannot use the extrajudicial confession of the 29-year-old alleged killer of a police official against him.

Liloan Police Chief Franco Rudolf Oriol said they cannot file criminal complaints against Jeppe Suralta Rosal (not Jaypee as earlier reported) because the latter took back his statement that he shot Senior Insp. Jonas Tahanlangit to death, when he faced reporters last Tuesday morning.

Rosal, during an earlier interview with police investigators, allegedly admitted he was paid to ambush Tahanlangit in San Francisco, Camotes eight months ago.

“We will make his first statement as a lead,” said Oriol in a phone interview.

A team from the Cebu Provincial Police Office-Investigation and Detective Management Branch is gathering evidence against Rosal.


Meanwhile, a high-ranking official of Police Regional Office Central Visayas revealed that some drug lords reportedly placed a P100,000 bounty for the death of Oriol and Danao City Police Chief Alejandro.

Senior Supt. Rey Lyndon Lawas, deputy regional director for operations, said that investigators learned of this information after Rosal and his cohorts were caught.

The suspects earlier revealed that they were tasked to kill three intelligence operatives of Danao City Police Station for P55,000 for each head.

Lawas said the two police station chiefs earned the ire of drug lords because they are active in the anti-drug campaign.

Oriol and Batobalonos said the threats will not hinder them from going after the pushers.

Complaints for violating Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, will be filed against his two cohorts—Arnel Noval Mata and his 17-year-old brother—will be filed before the Mandaue City Prosecutor’s Office today.

The illegal possession of firearms charges may be lodged tomorrow, Friday.

Several firearms and more than P200,000 worth of illegal drugs were seized from the suspects, after they were caught.

An attempted murder complaint will also be against the suspects before the Cebu Provincial Prosecutor’s Office, for allegedly trying to kill PO1 Eden Pulgo Pepito in Barangay Yati, Liloan last Monday night.


The encounter between Pepito and the suspects led to a chase, which ended with the police arresting them inside a bar in Barangay Tipolo, Mandaue City.

Last Tuesday afternoon, operatives led by Batobalonos killed the group’s alleged leader Roque “RR Alvaro” Almerez, a first-degree cousin of suspected drug lord Alvaro “Barok” Alvaro, in a shootout.

Seized from Almerez were 2.6 grams of white crystals believed to be shabu worth P33,748, an Ingram submachine gun loaded with three bullets and three empty shells, P400 cash and two marked P100 bills used in the bust.
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