Celso orders thorough probe on 3 minors’ slay PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 04 April 2011 10:25

Mayor Celso Lobregat has directed law enforcement agencies to conduct a full dress investigation on the killing of three minors, whose bodies were dumped in an irrigation canal of a rice field at Sitio Gapuh in barangay Talabaan in the east coast recently.

Mayor Lobregat issued the directive during the meeting of the City Peace and Order Council which he convened Thursday, a day after the bodies of the 3 boys, believed to be victims of summary execution, were discovered.

“There really has to be a thorough investigation,” the mayor said in an interview with City Hall reporters stressing that the authorities are looking at all possible angles that led to the incident.

Authorities have identified the victims as Elvie Dablo, Jr. and Carlo Catalan—all 16 years old of the municipality of Tungawan, Zamboanga Sibugay and Jerry Escober, 12, of barangay Tumaga. 

Initial reports show that the minors have once been brought to the Social Development Center, the city’s halfway house for street children, but escaped from the institution a few days after.

One possibility, the mayor said, is that the minors were slain by their handlers who felt they were cheated or deceived by the victims in certain activities or transactions.

“But I have asked the police to really look into this matter and to make a thorough investigation”, the chief executive, who chairs the CPOC said.

Meanwhile, the CPOC meeting also discussed issues concerning the general security situation in the city, the Labuan kidnapping, the situation at the illegal and private ports established in various coastal barangays, the planned reshuffle of police personnel and numerous others.

On the other hand, concerning the Labuan kidnapping of Olivia Barredo, the mayor confirmed the receipt of the victim’s proof of life but stressed that the relatives opt that the details of such will not be divulged to the public so as not to jeopardize ongoing endeavors.

With regards to the reshuffle of the police force, Mayor Lobregat said the reorganization will not take place simultaneously in all the police stations but on a phase by phase basis. — Sheila Covarrubias