Divert attention? Severed body parts a diversion from NBI’s anti-illegal gambling drive

Posted by watchmen
March 2, 2024
Posted in HEADLINE

By Mae Singuay 

Several dismembered body parts were recovered outside the office of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in Bacolod City’s Barangay 4 at 5:45 a.m. yesterday.

Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) director, Colonel Noel Aliño said the mutilated body parts — a left hand, a left leg and two ears — were placed in a sack. 

Aliño said the body parts, believed to be that of a man, were frozen for a few days.

He added that these were discovered by Salvador Algara, an NBI-Bacolod job order employee.

A note was also recovered, with a message that warned against a local NBI agent who was tagged as an alleged illegal drug protector in the city.

Aliño said the warning connotes a strong threat that they can’t be tolerated.

He directed Police Station 2 commander, Captain Glenn Montaño, to exert double efforts in the investigation, and he would meet with NBI-Bacolod chief, Atty. Reiner Baldovino to discuss the matter.

The mutilated body parts were sent to a funeral parlor for proper disposition.

Meanwhile, Baldovino said, since he assumed his post in 2017, he has never received any information linking one of his agents to the illegal drug trade.

Baldovino emphasized that the agency is concentrating its operation against illegal gambling, but not on illegal drugs.

“Maybe they want to divert the attention from illegal gambling to the alleged involvement of one of the NBI personnel in illegal drugs,” he said.

Their recent operation against illegal gambling in Barangays Granada and Libertad involved influential individuals, he added.

The local NBI chief said that the agency’s national office was already informed about the discovery of mutilated body parts. 

Baldovino said he would leave the investigation to Police Station 2.

On the other hand, Mayor Alfredo Abelardo Benitez said it is the NBI that will conduct an investigation into the discovery of body parts.

“Let them do their job, as I will also call their attention,” Benitez said.

He said the perpetrators possibly challenged NBI.

“They chose the wrong city,” Benitez said, referring to the culprits.

Several mutilated body parts were recovered in the city in previous years./MS, WDJ

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