Five persons of interest were subjected to paraffin tests in connection with the death of a police officer and a former soldier at the New Negros Coliseum in Barangay Pahanocoy, Bacolod City, Monday.
Senior Insp. Ser Ulrick Christian Gelera, Police Station 8 chief, said yesterday that the test will determine those with gunpower residue in their hands.
The police, however, meanwhile withheld the names of the persons tested in order not to hamper the investigation.
Gelera said an autopsy has already been conducted on the bodies of Police Officer 1 Carmelo Pajarito, 27, assigned at the Regional Public Safety Battalion 6 in Barotac Viejo, Iloilo City, and Rex Villaluz, 43, a former soldier and a resident of Barangay Pahanocoy.
The compound security guard, whose name the police withheld, went to Police Station 8 yesterday to clear his name and said he was not the one who killed Pajarito and Villaluz, Gelera said.
Investigation showed that Pajarito, his girlfriend , Jasmin Endo, Lobredo and Ivan Mark Dy, 29, of Barangay 2 in Bacolod were on their way out of the coliseum when the latter had a heated argument with an unidentified tricycle driver, a police report said.
A commotion ensued, followed by an exchange of gunfire, Gelera said.
Investigation on the case is still going on.
Meanwhile, Senior Supt. William Señoron, acting provincial director of the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office, said yesterday that police officers are prohibited at gambling places like cockpit.
Señoron also said the elections gun ban is still in effect and policemen are not allowed to bring guns while in civilian clothes, and only during official and authorized operations.
Policemen are supposed to be law enforcers and public servants, and those who violate the law should be held accountable and face administrative charges.*SGG
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