By Calvin Cordova
CEBU CITY—The former barangay captain facing charges for the death of a policeman here is in the list of politicians suspected linked to drug trafficking, the chief of the Central Visayas police said.
Chief Supt. Debold Sinas said Jessieloue Cadungog, now a councilor in the barangay, is in President Duterte’s watchlist of narco-politicians.
“He’s been a subject of surveillance because he is in PRRD’s (President Rodrigo Roa Duterte) illegal drug watchlist,” said Sinas.
Cadungog and his bodyguard, William Macaslang Jr., are facing murder and frustrated murder charges for the death of PO3 Eugene Calumba last Monday.
Macaslang is claiming he shot Calumba after the policeman and his companion Michael Banua, a police asset, drew firearms while he was driving Cadungog’s car on T. Padilla Street.
Cadungog said he suspected that Calumba and Banua tried to ambush him, an accusation that the police said has no basis.
Sinas said Calumba, who was assigned to the Parian Police Station, was in Tejero on a surveillance mission.
Macaslang has also been charged by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) of homicide in the Calumba killing.
The Criminal Investigation and Detection Group in Central Visayas filed the murder and frustrated charges against Cadungog and Macaslang.
Cadungog said he was not in the car when the shooting happened, but Chief Insp. Hector Amancia, officer in charge of the regional CIDG, said they have witnesses who can prove that he was with Macaslang at the time of the incident.
Cadungog and Macaslang are in the custody of the NBI.
Senior Supt. Royina Garma, chief of the Cebu City police, said based on their records Cadungog owns 13 firearms.
Garma said he will coordinate with the Firearms and Explosives Office (FEO) to revoke the Cadungog’s gun licenses.
“Once the licenses are revoked, he should surrender those firearms,” he said.