DAVAO CITY – The Police Regional Office (PRO) 11 (Davao Region) has created a special investigation task group (SITG) to hasten the investigation into the separate killings of a journalist and a village chief in different provinces on Oct. 30.
In a statement Tuesday, the Davao Sur Police Provincial Office (DSPPO) quoted PRO-11 regional director Police Brig. Gen. Filmore Escobal as saying the SITG will be responsible for the investigation on the deaths of Orlando “Dondon” Dinoy, a media personality in Bansalan, Davao del Sur, and Barangay Tubo-tubo village chief Arnold Quizala in Monkayo, Davao de Oro.
Dinoy, a print and broadcast journalist in Davao del Sur, was gunned down at about 6 p.m. inside his rented apartment in Bansalan town.
On the other hand, Quizala and a certain Alice Montebon, who was also from Monkayo town, were shot dead by unidentified suspects in the morning of the same day.
Following the Monkayo killings, Escobal ordered the administrative relief of the town’s chief of police, whose identity the PRO-11 withheld since the investigation is still ongoing.
“We are hopeful that justice would be served the soonest time. And further reminded all the police units to be vigilant in their respective areas so as to deter occurrences of any crimes or atrocities,” Escobal added.
The SITG is chaired by PRO-11 Deputy Regional Director for Operations (DRDO) Police Col. Bowenn Joey Masauding. He is joined by Regional Investigation & Detective Management Division chief PCol. Alberto Lupaz, PMaj. Rodante Varona of the Provincial Investigation Detection Management Unit, PMaj. April Fabian of the Provincial Crime Laboratory Office (PCLO), PMaj. Glenn Ipong of the Bansalan Municipal Police Station, and PLt. Col. Alan Verginiza of the Public Information Office (PIO).
“These SITGs are expected to conduct a thorough and impartial investigation which would commence the soonest possible time with the intention to correctly identify the criminals and made them liable of the charges which will be pressed against them for the crime they’ve committed,” Escobal said.
Meanwhile, Lupaz encouraged the community or any person with information regarding the incidents to cooperate with authorities for the immediate resolution of the case.
The DSPPO said a witness to one of the killings is already under the witness protection program of the Department of Justice (DOJ). The DSPPO also encouraged media practitioners to inform the authorities if they experience similar job-related threats.
“We strongly denounce the killing of Mr. Dinoy and extended commiseration to the whole family of the victim and hopeful that justice will be served in the fastest time and bring the culprit to the jail,” Lupaz said. (PNA)