MANILA - The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Monday denied allegations hurled by Daanbantayan, Cebu Mayor Vicente Loot that he suspects policemen were behind the assassination try on him and his family at the Maya Roro Port on Sunday.
PNP spokesperson Chief Superintendent John Bulalacao said they have formed a group to investigate the attack on Loot and his family.
Loot is a retired police chief superintendent and was one of the police officials named by President Duterte in 2016 as one of the “narco generals" allegedly involved in the drug trade.
“The regional director mentioned to the chief PNP that he has established or organized a special investigation task group to look into the circumstances surrounding this incident,” Bulalacao said.
Bulalacao said they saw Loot claiming in media that police were behind the attack on him and his family.
“We saw on TV na nagbanggit sya na kanyang pinagsususpetsahan ay from the members of the Philippine National Police na dati niyang kasamahan,” he said.
“Kami ay hindi naniniwala na gagawin ito ng PNP lalo’t siya ay kasama namin sa Philippine National Police. In fact, he is a graduate of PMA where I graduated also and the chief PNP. So, hindi namin ito magagawa sa isang kasama namin,” he added.
Bulalacao said they hope Loot will cooperate in their investigation.
“Kung may mga suspetsa siya na ang PNP ang kanyang pinag-iisipan na gumawa nito, sana tumulong siya sa aming investigation para ma-determine talaga natin kung sino ang sangkot dito,” he said.
Bulalacao said if cops were behind the assassination attempt, the PNP will not hesitate to file a case against them.
“Heads will roll kapag may ma-identify tayo na any involvement ang Philippine National Police dito,” he said.