Joint task force pushed to solve heinous crimes

THE Bacolod City Council approved a resolution requesting the Philippine National Police (PNP), the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) to form a joint task force to solve and prevent the recurrence of heinous crimes in Bacolod City.

The resolution was authored by City Councilor Carlos Jose Lopez, chairperson of the committee on environment.

Lopez said in recent months, a number of unsolved crimes committed by unidentified assassins have escalated involving high profile and ordinary victims.

He said a man whose both hands were tied was found dead in a roadside at Purok Rose, Barangay Cabug on January 30, and another incident, a man believed to be a victim of summary execution was found in a vacant lot at Purok Katipunan on February 13.

He added that recently, a video on social media showing the shooting incident of four unidentified assailants that killed a policeman in broad daylight in Burgos Circumferential Road, Barangay Villamonte on February 15.

Lopez said the law enforcement agencies should conduct a thorough investigation to give justice to all the victims and in order that the recurrence of the same may be prevented.

Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) director Colonel Henry Binas earlier said that they will invite two policemen and a lawyer for an investigation to shed light on killing of Police Corporal Eric Alcosaba.

The investigators found the picture of the two policemen, one of them a police official formerly assigned in BCPO, and a lawyer, inside the car of Alcosaba.

The two policemen and the lawyer were seen in the picture with Alcosaba. The picture was printed on a bond paper and placed in envelope inside the car of Alcosaba.

On February 15, Alcosaba, a resident of Barangay Mansilingan, bought food in a fast food chain on Circumferential Road around 4:50 p.m. He was about to start his car, which was parked in the area, when four unidentified assailants, who were wearing bonnets, fired at him several times.

He managed to open his car and tried to escape, but he fell on the ground and one of the gunmen chased him and shot him again in the head at close range.

Alcosaba was formerly assigned at Police Station 7 and City Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group in BCPO.

He was one of the policemen who were included in the supplemental affidavit of the slain former drug bagman Ricky Serenio for allegedly receiving protection money from a drug group.

In 2017, Alcosaba was reassigned to Mindanao where he went on absent without official leave.


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