Police form task group to probe Besao murders

BAGUIO. Baguio City Police Office acting city director Police Colonel Allen Rae Co during the recent Kapihan sa Baguio Media Forum, encouraged the public to be more vigilant and help the police in ensuring a safe and secure Baguio City. (Photo by Redjie Melvic Cawis)

CAMP BADO DANGWA, La Trinidad -- A task force was activated by the Police Regional Office-Cordillera (PRO–COR) Tuesday morning, June 25, to focus on the speedy investigation of the gruesome murder of three Besao residents last week.

Police Brigadier General Israel Ephraim Dickson, PRO–COR director, ordered the immediate activation of a Provincial Special Investigation Task Group (PSITG) to focus on the investigation and build-up until the case is filed.

“The case will not rest here, we still have to wait for the issuance of the warrant of arrest then implement it at all cost so as to give justice and somehow alleviate the suffering of the victims’ families, the barbaric and senseless killing of the victims have no place, we do not tolerate the acts of this murderer,” Gen. Dickson in a statement said.

Prior to the creation of task force, the municipality of Sagada, a neighboring municipality of Besao, Mountain Province condemned the criminal act perpetrated by a resident of Tubo, Abra who mercilessly murdered three Besao tribesmen in Sitio Baklingayan, Barangay Tabacda, Tubo.

In a resolution numbered 54-2019 duly signed by all the members of the Municipal Council of Sagada headed by Vice Mayor Benjamin Capuyan, they strongly condemned the gruesome killing and demand for justice.

The resolution also expressed their condolences to the bereaved families.

It can be recalled the victims Jansen Salibungey Gabaen, Pedro Mabiasan Sauyen, and Ronnie Diosan Macayba, all from Barangay Agawa, Besao were reported missing after they went fishing along the rivers of a deep forest bordering Barangay Agawa, Besao and Brgy Baklingayan, Tubo, Abra.

After a few days later, they were found dead on May 27. Investigation revealed the bodies of the victims sustained multiple hack wounds and two of the bodies were found to be with multiple gunshot wounds.

At present, the lone suspect identified as Marlon Bacalli Batuli went into hiding after confession and the officials and elders of Barangay Tabacda adamantly told him to surrender to the authorities and face the consequences of his acts.

Three counts of murder was immediately filed against him in court, however, he is now at large and is subject to manhunt operation of PRO-COR authorities. (SunStar Baguio)


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