By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga
Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) director, Police Colonel Henry Biñas, yesterday admitted to encountering difficulties in trying to investigate the recent shootings in the city, particularly if they involve illegal drugs. In a press conference yesterday, he said such investigations often take time because witnesses refuse to cooperate, while others even laud the killings.
“Investigating these crimes takes time－it could take weeks, months, even years－but all I can say is we are trying our best,” Biñas said.
He also touted the city’s police force.
“BCPO is one of the best in crime solution efficiency,” the city police chief added.
He then appealed for the public to testify if they witness a crime.
“Solving a crime only becomes difficult if people do not cooperate,” Biñas said.
Earlier, Negros Occidental Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson expressed concern over the recent shooting incidents. According to the governor, the murder of Police Patrolman Eric Alcosaba not only affects the city’s image but the entire province.
Lacson called for Biñas to urge investigators to step-up probes, pointing out, there have been no conclusions drawn from the incidents that have occurred over the past few months.
Additionally, he said BCPO and the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office should do more in solving shooting incidents and identifying suspects.
The governor added, the people of the province expect more than “the usual replies.”/DGB, WDJ