Bacolod City Police Director, Senior Supt. Ricardo de la Paz, yesterday said that he will look into reports that policemen were involved in the killing of suspected gun-for-hire Pic Raymnond Longno.
Unconfirmed reports said that the two-bonnet wearing men who shot Longno while he was walking at Malaspina Street, Brgy. Villamonte, Bacolod, Sunday, used a silver Honda Civic vehicle with PNP 111 commemorative car plates attached to it, as their get-away vehicle.
De la Paz, however, said that the commemorative car plate of the PNP was purchased not only by policemen but also by civilians as it is a fund raising drive for the organization’s 111th year anniversary.
De la Paz stressed that Philippine National Police does not tolerate extra-judicial killings, and abides with the procedures of law and respects human rights.
Longno, alias “Small Boy”, 37, of Malaspina Street, Brgy. Villamonte, Bacolod, succumbed to multiple gunshot wounds while being treated at the Bacolod Doctors’ Hospital.
A suspected gun-for-hire, Longno, is also tagged as the gunman who fatally shot East View Hotel owner Johnny Chua, 63, of Capitolville Subdivision, at JV-Burgos streets, Bacolod City, while he was on board their his black Isuzu Alterra vehicle, driven by his son, Brent Andrew, 24, Saturday.
De la Paz said there is no evidence that the suspects who killed Longno are the same persons behind the assassination of Chua.
Two weeks before the killing of Chua, unidentified men pierced the tires of his black Isuzu Alterra parked in front of the East View Hotel but he just ignored it, De la Paz said.
He said that, for the police, that could have been a warning for Chua from people who harbored anger against him.
De la Paz added that they have leads on the identity of the motorcycle driver who accompanied Longno when he shot the businessman.
BCPO has sent the slug recovered from the body of Chua to the PNP crime laboratory in Camp Crame to help in the identification of the owner of the gun used by Longno in shooting the businessman.
De la Paz admitted that they are having difficulty in identifying the suspects in the killings of Chua and Longno, but assured that they are doing everything to resolve these cases.*APN