An organized crime group is said to be behind the killing of Negros Oriental Governor Roel Degamo.
According to Philippine National Police (PNP) Public Information Office chief Col. Redrico Maranan, the high-caliber firearms used by the suspects, vehicles and uniforms worn by law enforcement agencies are indications that someone is funding them and is skilled at killing.
“Meron itong grupo…Ang tawag natin dito sa mga ‘to ay organized crime groups dahil hindi naman ito mga ordinaryong kriminal kasi may mga sasakyan sila, mataas na kalibre ng baril, nakakakuha sila ng mga uniporme ng law enforcement agencies. So, isa talaga itong organisadong criminal groups,” he said.
He said the PNP and AFP would focus on the case until the other suspects are arrested.
Maranan further said that adequate security was also given to Degamo’s family and the new governor of Negros Oriental, Vice Governor Carlo Jorge Reyes, who was sworn in yesterday to DILG Sec. Benhur Abalos.
Organized crime group behind Degamo slay – PNP
Central Visayas police spokesperson P/Lt. Col. Gerard Pelare said that Degamo is receiving death threats. He said Degamo disclosed about various individuals sending him threatening messages in the past.
Authorities are preparing to file multiple murder charges against the suspects and 10 others.
They are still looking for the mastermind behind the murder.
It can be remembered that armed men shot Degamo inside his house while giving aid in Brgy San Isidro, Pamplona, Negros Oriental, this Saturday morning.
A suspect in the assassination of Negros Oriental Governor Roel Degamo was killed in a joint follow-up operation by the Philippine National Police (PNP), Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and Special Action Force (SAF), while the number of those killed has risen to nine.
“May isang dead na suspect during an encounter with joint elements of the PNP, AFP and Special Action Force,” said Philippine National Police Region 7 spokesperson Police Lt. Col. Gerard Ace Pelare.
According to Pelare, the PNP, AFP, and Special Action Force are still conducting a hot pursuit against the suspects, although three were arrested in Bayawan City.
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