Gun-for-hire in Zambo bared PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 03 April 2012 14:42

Newly designated Officer-in-Charge of the Zamboanga City Police Office (ZCPO) Chief Supt. Mario B.Yanga yesterday confirmed the existence of a gun-for-hire group responsible for the spate of gun slayings in the city.

Some of the members of this group are operating locally and even accepting offer from other provinces in the region, Yanga said.

Perpetrators behind the gunslaying of Universidad de Zamboanga President Arturo Estaquio III could be members of this gun-for-hire group, Yanga said.
Asked what his message to the gun-for-hire group, Yanga just flashed a “hard smile”which many interpreted as strong warning to all criminals.

Yanga clarified that while he will concentrate on the Eustaquio case, he will also look into the other previous high profile crimes where innocent civilians, businessmen and even police and military men were the victims.

“I don’t want to stay long as OIC. I have my permanent task as DRDA. But because of my love for Zamboanga, I accepted my additional task,” Yanga said as he admitted newsmen that his wife, Dr. Ruth A. Yanga, was the first one who encouraged him to accept the job being a Zamboangueña.   

Yanga has been officially designated as OIC of ZCPO and was also tasked to lead the special team called Task Group Archie (TGA) that is mandated to look into the gunslaying of the UZ president.

To address the spate of killings in the city, Yanga bared the augmentation of police personnel coming from the different units, 78 of whom came from the Regional Public Safety Battalion-9. All in all, Yanga said that 158 additional personnel will be assigned in ZCPO.

“I will also do the proper accounting of the existing personnel in the police office specially those who have been assigned to VIPs even without authority,” Yanga said as he vowed to reshuffle the “non-performing” ones.

“If they are doing good, I don’t see any reason to call their attention. But to those who are not performing well, mag jogging-jogging muna sila sa regional headquarters,” Yanga said during the press conference yesterday at City Hall with Mayor Lobregat.

Right after the press briefing, Lobregat accompanied Yanga to the ZCPO to formally assume office as OIC. The acting police director Sr. Supt. Edwin de Ocampo is now assigned at PRO-9 pending his possible designation as Police Provincial Director in Zamboanga del Norte.

Lobregat said that there were witnesses in the Eustaquio killing but could hardly identify the gunmen because of the bonnet mask they wore.

Lobregat added that while he is still evaluating the five names of police officers to be designated as police city director, Yanga will hold office as OIC with the prime taslk to fasttrack the solution of the Eustaquio case.

The five names of police officers with the rank of Sr. Supt. are Sofronio Ecaldre, Jonathan Perez, Ronaldo Ylagan, Nelson Eucogco and Joselito Pajarillaga. — Jimmy Villaflores