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Bacolod City, Philippines Wednesday, April 6, 2016
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Cops probe
presence of vigilantes

The Bacolod City Police Office is validating reports of the presence of a suspected vigilante group operating in Bacolod City, Senior Supt. Flynn Dongbo, BCPO officer-in-charge, said yesterday.

The group is being linked to the deaths of Romulo Arseña, alias “Kid Ramir” on March 2, and of retired SPO2 Jonathan Hermosora and his carpenter, Renato Cuesta, on April 1. The incidents happened in Barangay Mansilingan, Bacolod.

“We cannot confirm it yet but there is an ongoing validation if it is true that there is this kind of group,” Dongbo said.

The unverified report said that the group, who came from Iloilo province, arrived in Bacolod to liquidate persons against whom they have past grudges, Dongbo said.

He said the report is not considered alarming since the police are still verifying the information.

On the spate of shooting incidents in the area of Police Station 7, with the culprits still unidentified and with the cases still unsolved, Dongbo said he cannot yet confirm or deny if Chief Insp. Jeffrey Attunaga, station commander, will be relieved.

Dongbo said they will investigate to determine whether Attunaga had committed lapses or not. “If we find a need to transfer him (Attunaga), we will do it,” he said.

The BCPO headquarters is leading the investigation on the cases of Hermosora and Cuesta.

Meanwhile, Senior Supt. William Señoron, provincial director of the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office, said that although they have not yet received reports of the presence of the vigilante group, they will look it, too.

Chief Supt. Conrado Capa, regional director of the Police Regional Office-18 said there is no truth to the report.

If there are series of killings in Bacolod, these are considered isolated ones with their own separate motives, and these cannot be linked to a vigilante group, he said.*SGG



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