The Bacolod City Police Office has created the Special Investigation Task Group Exaltado to focus on the identification of the suspects behind the broad daylight assassination of Senior Police Officer 4 Oscar Exaltado.
Senior Supt. Henry Biñas, BCPO officer-in-charge, said yesterday that members of the SITG Exaltado convened yesterday afternoon to evaluate the evidence gathered by investigators.
The SITG Exaltado is composed of legal personnel, investigators, Police Station 8 head, Chief Insp. Charles Gever, and the Provincial Crime Laboratory.
Biñas said they do not have a timelineas to the resolution of the case but they want justice to be served to Exaltado and his family.
Investigation showed that Exaltado, in his uniform, was riding his motorcycle on his way to work when two gunmen also on board a motorcycle, waylaid and simultaneously shot him multiple times, in front of the JR Torres High School in Barangay Singcang-Airport, Bacolod, at about 7:30 a.m. Saturday.
Three angles involving Exaltado’s job, a personal grudge, and illegal drugs, are being looked into by investigators, Biñas said.
He said they had received information on Exaltado’s derogatory record on illegal drugs, but this is still being subjected to further investigation and he could not disclose more details since the victim is already dead.
More than four suspects initiated the ambush, as witnesses said there were two persons from a van, and two gunmen riding a motorcycle who were wearing helmets and bonnets.
The 45-year-old police officer succumbed to multiple gunshot wounds on his body and head.
Several empty shells from firearms believed to be .45 and 9mm caliber pistols were recovered from the crime scene, Biñas said.
He added that the service firearm of Exaltado was not recovered since several eyewitnesses claimed it was taken by one of the suspects, who used it to shoot the victim, to ensure that he was dead.*
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