MANILA - All six detained suspects in the fatal shooting of AKO Bicol party-list Rep. Rodel Batocabe are formerly affiliated with the Philippine military, the chief of the Philippine National Police said Sunday.
Five of the gunmen were part of the Military Intelligence Battalion, while the sixth was a member of the military auxiliary forces, said PNP chief Director General Oscar Albayalde.
The 6 suspects surrendered to authorities in separate instances after Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo allegedly failed to give them the P5 million he offered for Batocabe's killing.
Batocabe, a challenger to Baldo's reelection bid this May, was killed with his police escort at a Christmas gift distribution event in Daraga, where at least 7 senior citizens were injured.
Police have long been profiling dismissed government troops, especially those who did not surrender their government firearms, Albayalde said.
He acknowledged that some dismissed policemen are now involved in the narcotics trade and others have figured in shootouts with their former comrades.
Senator Panfilo Lacson earlier urged the police to monitor sacked troops instead of teachers.
Members of the Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) have complained of police officers visiting their schools and asking for their names, bringing a supposed memo from the PNP intelligence division.
Albayalde denied issuing any such memo but said this move could be a part of their "intelligence monitoring."
DZMM, 10 January 2019