Spare Solon’s murder from unsolved crimes

December 26, 2018

Party list congressman urges PNP.

A congressman urged yesterday the Philippine National Police (PNP) to spare the cold-blooded murder of Ako Bicol party-list Rep. Rodel Batocabe and his security aide from the growing list of unresolved crimes.

This developed as Ako Bicol Rep. Alfredo Garbin bared the added agony of Batocabe’s family members on police authorities’ failure to make case update.

Garbin said family members, friends and allies of Batocabe have begun to worry about the probe to the congressman and his police escort SPO1 Orlando Diaz’s, killing last Saturday afternoon as they were leaving a gift-giving event in Brgy. Burgos in Daraga, Albay.

“This should not go into the statistics again of unresolved crimes,” said Garbin.

“It’s very unfortunate that police authorities have yet to update the family of Cong. Rodel about their investigation. We call on them to share with family members whatever developments they may have on the case,” said Garbin in underscoring the importance of an impartial probe.

Garbin concluded that politics could be behind Batocabe’s murder, explaining that the late congressman complained about “perceived threats on him” after filing his certificate of candidacy (CoC) for the mayoralty race in Daraga, Albay.

“I can readily agree that it is purely politics,” said Garbin as he called on politicians to disarm their bodyguards and for the Philippine National Police (PNP) to neutralize private armies.

“Mas maganda kung magkusa and at the same time, we are calling also for the PNP to disarm those private bodyguards,” said Garbin.

Earlier, colleagues and supporters of Batocabe have vowed to raise between P25-million to P30-million reward money, perhaps the biggest in Philippine history, for information leading to the capture of his killers and masterminds.

Garbin said Ako Bicol party-list has pledged P15-million while Albay Gov. Al Francis Bichara committed P2-million for the bounty pool.

Negros Occidental Rep. Albee Benitez, president of the House Visayan Bloc who initiated the bounty drive, said members of the House of Representatives have generated at least P5-million as of last week and counting.

Benitez said they are hoping that people would start cooperating with the police conducting the investigation.

The remains of Batocabe, a lawyer and president of the 46-strong Party List Coalition (PLC), were brought at the Arcilla Hall, Bicol University, Daraga, Albay and his interment will be on December 31, 2018, also in Daraga, Albay.