By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga
The alleged member of the Aki Cuadra robbery group found dead in Barangay Granada, Bacolod City last week was reportedly also a suspect in an August 9 robbery in Barangay Mansilingan.
Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) acting director, Police Senior Superintendent Jack Wanky, said 26-year-old Rodney Mavilla was one of four robbery suspects that struck the I-Mart convenience store along the national highway in Barangay Mansilingan.
Wanky said they are currently in possession of the store’s close circuit television camera (CCTV) footage, which captured the whole incident, and are waiting for final confirmation from the investigator handling the case.
He said Mavilla, also known by the alias ‘Tabby,’ was one of eight members of the Aki Cuadra robbery group, which is involved in illegal drug activities, along with a string of robbery and carnapping incidents across Bacolod City and other nearby local government units over the past few months.
Wanky believes it is possible the crime group is suffering from internal rifts on how to divide the money and is a likely reason why Mavilla was murdered.
He said the placard found on Mavilla’s remains is likely just a ruse in order to confuse investigators.
“There are no vigilante groups here and I believe it’s the same group he joined that killed him,” Wanky added.
Last Friday, Mavilla’s remains were found in a sugarcane field at Hacienda Luisa, Barangay Granada.
Police Chief Inspector Sherlock Gabana, chief of Police Station 5 (PS5), said Mavilla was likely killed in another location and transferred to the area where he was found./WDJ