Female cop’s ‘links’ to slain witness probed

A POLICEWOMAN assigned at Police Station 8 in Bacolod City is under investigation after she was seen with robbery-killing principal witness Byron Bacarro a day before he was killed in Barangay Granada on Tuesday.

Senior Superintendent Jack Wanky, officer-in-charge of Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO), said on Friday that Police Officer 3 Daren Aguas is being investigated to determine her connection with Bacarro.

Bacarro is a key witness in the killing of Chinese national Changle Wu, 26, son of the owner of JDS Mindoro Enterprises Corp., and security guard Jilbert Mayang, 40, of Barangay Talagacay, Hinoba-an town. Both were gunned down by the assailants who robbed the downtown store of P1 million cash on the night of December 25.

“Being a member of the police, she is obliged to help in the case,” Wanky said.

On Tuesday night, Bacarro, 32, a resident of Barangay 35, was found dead beside the road in Barangay Granada. He was shot to death by unidentified men on board a private vehicle.

Bacarro was killed two days after he reportedly retracted his sworn statement, which implicated former Police Officer 1 Jason Sumalangcay and Police Officer 2 Marlon Famucol in the robbery-killing.

Wanky said that on Monday, Aguas was seen with Bacarro along with Famucol and Sumalangcay at the Hall of Justice in Bacolod.

Famucol and Sumalangcay were earlier charged for robbery with homicide, and frustrated murder before the City Prosecutor’s Office.

Wanky said Aguas, an administrative officer, is being investigated by probers of Police Station 1, and was asked to explain why she was with the victim and the two suspects.

He added that even before the filing of the cases against Famucol and Sumalangcay, Aguas was seen at the station asking about the status of the cases as confirmed by Senior Inspector Eugene Tolentino, chief of Police Station 1.

“It seems that she’s very interested in the case and we discovered that they are friends,” he added.

Wanky said they were evaluating the statement of Aguas, and if there is a semblance of evidence that she is lying or covering up, she might be held liable for obstruction of justice.

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