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Bacolod City, Philippines Thursday, January 5, 2017
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Task Group Wu created

The Police Regional Office 18 has formed Special Investigation Task Group Wu to spearhead the investigations in the recent killing of a Chinese businessman and causing injuries to three others in Bacolod City, that has already alarmed local Chinese business groups and local officials.

Chief Supt. Renato Gumban, Negros Island Region police director, said yesterday that SITG WUis composed of the Bacolod City Police Office, PRO 18 and its national support units, including the Regional Intelligence Unit 18, Legal Service, Criminal Investigation and Detection Group.

Chinese businessman Wu Changle, 26, and security guard JilbertMayang were shot dead by an unidentified man armed with an M-16 assault rifle who stole P1 million from the JDS Mindoro Enterprises Corp. at Locsin Street in Bacolod City on Dec. 25.

MayorEvelioLeonardia assured the business community and the public that the Christmas Day killing in Bacolod City was an isolated case, although it alarmed them.

A week before the incident, riding-in-tandem suspects shot and killed three persons and inflicted injuries to five others within one hour in two barangays of Bacolod City.

This was on top of several killings that haveremained unsolved, as of this time.

While Gumban also downplayed it, he ordered the Bacolod City Police Office to maximize police visibility operations, especially in banking institutions.

Sharing his experiences in previous assignments, where Chinese businessmen were victims of robbery with homicide, Gumban said the suspects usually were angry with the victims and that led to the commission of the crime.

Gumban also said it will be the command group of PRO 18 that will assess the performance of Senior Supt. Flynn Dongbo as BCPO acting director, following spate of killings in Bacolod City.

He said he also anticipates the nationwide reshuffling of senior police commissioned officers occupying key positions, including the provincial and city police directors, within this month.

Definitely, it will affect the non-performers, Gumban added.

Meanwhile, Chief Inspector Rey Cuanico of CIDG said they are still following some leads that could establish the identity of the suspect in the killing of Wu.

They are also having a lateral coordination with the BCPO Station 1, Cuanico added.

He said that three Chinese survivors of the robbery with incident are also cooperating in their investigations.

Leonardia had earlier created Task Group BantayNegosyo, which had been tasked to come up with measures to prevent similar crimes from happening, following the killing of the Chinese businessman and the security guard.*GPB




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