Top drug personality in Negros city killed in Rizal

Published May 22, 2021, 2:13 PM

by Glazyl Masculino

BACOLOD CITY – The top most wanted drug personality in Silay City, Negros Occidental was found dead in Rizal last May 19.

Police Lt. Col. Robert Petate, Silay City police chief, confirmed Friday that Michael Vincent Divinagracia, along with an unidentified man, was killed by still unnamed gunmen.

Petate said Divinagracia’s remains were dumped in Barangay Pinugay, Baras.

Five cartridges of an unknown firearm were recovered from the crime scene, Petate said.

Petate said that Divinagracia’s identity was confirmed through a driver’s license recovered from him.

Two years ago, police reported that Divinagracia, a resident of Barangay Mambulac, Silay City, has not been sighted in the province and was allegedly hiding in Luzon.

The Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office (Nocppo) here had offered a reward of P200,000 to anyone who could give information on his whereabouts. This was on top of the P300,000 reward money offered by Silay City Mayor Mark Golez.

Petate said that Divinagracia’s death will reduce the supply of illegal drugs in the province. The fatality was tagged as a leader of a drug group operating in the province.

Golez said that such incident will served as a lesson to other drug pushers to stop engaging in the illegal drugs trade.