Sotto had a hunch Daraga mayor was brains behind Batocabe killing

By Vanne Elaine Terrazola

Senate President Vicente Sotto III said the Philippine National Police (PNP) confirmed his suspicion on who the brains were behind the killing of Ako Bicol partylist Representative Rodel Batocabe.

Senator Vicente “Tito” Sotto III gestures after elected as a newly Senate President at Senate Building in Pasay city, May 21,2018.(Czar Dancel)
Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III (Czar Dancel / MANILA BULLETIN)

Sotto on Friday said he, too, had a hunch that Daraga, Albay Mayor Carlwyn Baldo, ordered the assassination of Batocabe, who was gunning for the mayoralty post in the same town in the May, 2019 midterm polls.

“A little bird told me,” Sotto told reporters in a text message, referring to his suspicion.

The PNP on Thursday accused Baldo as the mastermind in Batocabe’s death, for supposedly hiring a syndicate to gun down the lawmaker last December 22.

The mayor was charged with double murder and six counts of frustrated murder along with six other suspects. Baldo, however, insisted his innocence.

Sotto, meanwhile, said the PNP should be lauded for its investigation of Batocabe’s killing.

He noted that people are always quick to criticize the mistakes of the police force but are silent about its achievements, especially in its campaign against illegal drugs.

“Ang hirap naman kasi madalas pinupuna yun mali lang ng PNP pero pag magaling hindi pinaguusapan. Example: naghahanap sila ng mga drug lords daw bakit wala, marami nang drug na nadadale ang PNP at PDEA (Philippines Drug Enforcement Agency),” he said.