By Glazyl Masculino
BACOLOD CITY – The Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) is planning to invite three persons whose photos printed on a short bond paper and sealed in an envelope were found by authorities in the pick-up truck of slain Corporal Eric Alcosaba here.
However, Col. Henry Biñas, Bacolod police director said, in a press conference on Tuesday, refused to disclose the names of the lawyer and police officers, one of whom as an active police official.
“We will invite them for questioning to determine if they knew him (Alcosaba) or if they had connections which could be link to the killing,” Biñas said, adding that they also want to know why Alcosaba had their photos.
Biñas said that the two policemen were previously assigned here, but were already moved to other areas.
Alcosaba’s case was the sixth drug-related killings reported by the BCPO since January this year.
Alcosaba was killed by four unidentified armed men on board a sports utility vehicle in broad daylight along Circumferential road in Barangay Villamonte here on February 15.
He went absent without leave (AWOL) in 2017, following his relief order to Mindanao. He was tagged as among the five police officers who was receiving protection money from a drug group here.
Biñas said they were having difficulty solving drug-related killings or cases because some witnesses have refused to take part in the investigation process if it involves persons with drug links.
“Some of them are also just blaming the victims for being killed because of their engagement in illegal drugs,” he added.
Earlier, the city and provincial government expressed their concern about the killings here, which remain to be unsolved.
Biñas said it will not remain unsolved because police continue to probe the incidents until they can get a lead in the investigation. However, there are cases which take months or years to be solved.
He stressed that they cannot just make abrupt conclusion on the cases without investigating them thoroughly.
Despite the number of drug-related killings here, Biñas said that the city police force is doing good when it comes to crime solution efficiency, which means that all suspects were arrested and charged for their crimes.
Biñas assured that Bacolod is still safe and very peaceful compared to other areas in the Western Visayas.