DENR condemns murder of employee in Eastern Visayas

Published February 18, 2021, 2:34 PM

by Marie Tonette Marticio

TACLOBAN CITY – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources Region 8 (Eastern Visayas) strongly condemned the killing of a 59-year-old DENR employee here last Tuesday.

The victim, Rodolfo Concillo, a Forest Technician II, was shot dead in Barangay 92, Apitong. Concillo was assigned to the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office in Palo, Leyte and was the driver of Community Environment and Natural Resources Officer Edilberto Caidlang.

“As we extend sympathies to the bereaved family of the victim, we ask the government authorities for a speedy resolution of the case and for the perpetrator to be brought to justice,” DENR 8 Regional Executive Director Tirso Parian said.

Parian has directed their lawyers to coordinate with authorities in the investigation so that necessary charges can be filed against the gunmen.

Initial investigation disclosed that Concillo had just left his house onboard his motorcycle for a medical examination downtown when the still unidentified suspects appeared and shot the victim multiple times using a firearm of unknown caliber.

The victim sustained multiple bullet wound, killing him on the spot. Police recovered over 20 empty shells at the crime scene. Police have yet to ascertain the motive of the shooting.

Concillo was the second DENR Region employee killed in less than a year. Last May 28, a  DENR 8 member was shot dead inside their eco-lodge in Burauen, Leyte by unknown assailants.