Police: At least four barangay
officials involved with illegal drugs
Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) investigators are currently considering three motives behind last Saturday’s murder of 33-year-old Barangay 2 Kagawad Romeo Canlas, Jr. In a press conference yesterday, BCPO spokesperson, Police Lt. Colonel Ariel Pico, revealed Canlas had been included on Police Station 2’s drugs watchlist since 2018.
However, he also speculated the incident may have been sparked by a personal grudge or politics, particularly since the victim was the neighborhood’s “number one kagawad.”
Police Station 4 (PS4) commander, Police Major Reynante Jomocan, also released details from Canlas’ post-mortem report that showed he sustained a total of nine bullet wounds, a majority of which were located to the left and right side of the body, near the kidneys.
Investigators recovered several empty shells from 9mm and .45 caliber firearms from the crime scene.
Meanwhile, Pico also revealed, there are at least four barangay officials with alleged links to illegal drugs. He said the information was provided by local residents.
The BCPO spokesperson added, while he would not reveal their identities, the four officials will be subject to “Oplan: Tokhang.”
Last Saturday, as the victim and seven others were drinking at a compound in Bacolod City’s Barangay 26, three armed men stormed the area and opened fire.
The suspects then boarded a waiting Mitsubishi Montero and sped away from the scene.
Canlas was rushed to the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital for treatment but was declared dead on arrival by hospital staff./DGB, WDJ