Ex-PNP chief’s bodyguard found dead on 70th bday

A FAMILY’S search for their father – a former policeman and bodyguard of ex-Philippine National Police chief, retired General Arturo C. Lomibao – ended last Sunday, his 70th birthday, when his body was found in a Pasig City funeral morgue 11 days after he failed to return home last Independence Day, the Journal Group learned yesterday.

Mrs. Laarni Devine, thru retired Gen. Lomibao, on Wednesday sought the help of the Journal Group in locating her father, retired Police Sergeant Leo Baccay who had been missing for 10 days.

This writer and PNP spokesman Col. Bernard M.Banac were supposed to meet Devine but this did not materialize after she said that the body of her missing father had been found in Pasig City.

According to National Capital Region Police Office director, Major General Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar, the badly decomposing body of Baccay, a resident of Barangay Pinagsama, Taguig City was spotted by the crewmen of a tugboat passing along the Marikina River in Bgy. Sta. Rosa, Pasig City at 5:45 p.m. Sunday.

The discovery was reported to authorities who retrieved the body and brought it to a funeral parlor for autopsy.

According to Eleazar, the ex-policeman was found still wearing the jersey and walking shorts that he was wearing when he was last seen. The shoes of the victim as well as wristwatch, ring and two necklaces were also recovered at the scene.

Pasig City Police Station chief, Colonel Henry Gapas said they’re not inclined to believe that the retired cop was a holdup victim. His belongings including a ring and two necklaces were all intact and his leather shoes were found less than a meter away from his feet which is an indication that the victim managed to untie his shoes, Gapas said.

Taguig City Police Station chief, Col. Alexander Santos said a ‘person of interest’—actually a taxi driver who brought the victim to Market-Market area last June 12 was interviewed by investigators already.

According to Santos, the victim alighted from his taxi last June 12 in Market-Market in Taguig City, the last time he saw him.