DCPO to probe around a thousand bao-bao

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IN AN attempt to determine the exact bao-bao or ongbak used by the suspects during the architect's incident, the Davao City Police Office (DCPO) will be conducting Oplan Katok among tricycle owners under their watchlist.

DCPO city director Alberto Lupaz said they are going to investigate around a thousand reversed engineering (RE) Bajaj tricycle models from the data provided by Land Transportation Office - Davao Region (LTO-Davao) and from different tricycle distributors.

"We'll be conducting Oplan Katok para maisa-isa namin lahat ito (for us to go through this in one go)," Lupaz said.

Lupaz said it would be "suspicious" if they found some RE Bajaj to be missing or repainted during their operations.

The official also said the operations will be conducted separately by different police posts in the city to locate the certain ongbak involved in the Bragas case.

Meanwhile, Police Regional Office - Davao Region (PRO-Davao) regional director Police Brigadier General Alden Delvo said the Special Investigation Task Group (SITG) Bragas must seek more "supplemental evidence" to strengthen the cases against suspects of architect Vlanche Marie Bragas.

He also said the task group, which he created to promptly solve architect Vlanche Bragas' death, "had did a really good job".

"Well, the [National Bureau of Investigation - Davao Region] was there, [Criminal Investigation and Detection Group] was there, Intelligence Unit was there, we still need some supplemental evidence to strengthen the case... but [the cases against the suspects of Bragas' rape-slay] was already filed," Delvo said.

Notably, rape with homicide cases is filed against four suspects allegedly behind Bragas' death last June 5.

SITG Bragas had identified suspects as Dennis Panzan, Kent Lawrence Espinosa, and Renato "Empoy" Bayansao, and a John Doe.

As of press time, the John Doe has yet to be identified by DCPO.

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