BuCor wants special team to probe whistleblower's killing

THE Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) chief has ordered the creation of a special team to investigate the killing of a prison guard in Davao del Norte on Saturday morning.

BuCor Director Benjamin Delos Santos directed the Officer-in-Charge (OIC) of Davao Penal Colony (Dapecol) on Sunday to create an investigating team that would probe the killing of PG3 Kabunsuan "Bong" Makilala, who also happened to be a whistleblower who had exposed the alleged corruption at the BuCor in 2012.

Makilala was reportedly shot dead by motorcycle riding gunmen while he was on his way home on Saturday morning.

Delos Santos also ordered Dapecol's OIC to closely coordinate with the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) during the conduct of its probe.

Tasked to supervise the special investigating team as ordered by Delos Santos is Colonel Rene Orbe, Dapecol's deputy director for security and operations.

Initial investigation revealed that Makilala was shot dead while he was inside a bus on his way home after his work duties at the Dapecol.

Based on earlier reports from SunStar, Makilala was the third penal farm personnel who was killed by unidentified gunmen.

In November last year, Davao Penal Farm superintendent for security and operations Robert Quinto was shot outside his house in Panabo City and on December 7, 2016, Willie Plasabas, administrative officer of the penal farm, was also shot by unidentified gunmen in Carmen, Davao del Norte, while he was onboard a motorcycle on his way home.

Makilala had sought custody from the Witness Protection Program of the Department of Justice during the term of Justice Secretary Leila De Lima after receiving threats following his testimonies on the irregularities at the national penitentiary. (SunStar Philippines)
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