2 cops linked to murder of Bataan PNP chief sacked
MANILA -- Two police officers have been relieved of their duties after they were linked to the murder of Bataan Police Chief Insp. Elmer Santiago.
Santiago was shot dead in Mandaluyong City last Holy Wednesday.
The two police officers, along with 6 others, were allegedly involved in drug-trafficking activities, which Santiago was investigating prior to his death.
A diagram made by the slain officer himself, released by his family after his death, also showed some of the members of Philippine National Police Academy class of 1996.
It was alleged that Santiago's classmates could be involved in drug trafficking activities.
Task Force Santiago head Senior Supt. Wilson Caubat said Parañaque City police deputy chief for operations Supt. Robin King Sarmiento and Supt. Marcelo Manalo have been placed on floating status pending an investigation.
Manalo was the last person to visit Santiago before he was killed.
The gunman involved in the case has yet to be identified, but Caubat has recommended a reward for anyone who can give information about the killing.
Police are on the trail of six others allegedly involved in the murder.
The 8 individuals identified by Santiago are allegedly involved in the illegal drugs trade in Bataan, Manila, and the National Bilibid Prison.
Santiago's remains will be laid to rest on Saturday. -- report from Dexter Ganibe, dzMM