Po­lice back­track on probe into killings of Bucor of­fi­cials

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Cap­i­tal Re­gion Po­lice Of­fice (NCRPO) Di­rec­tor Guillermo Eleazar said on Wed­nes­day, Septem­ber 11, said he has or­dered back­track­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tions into the killing of three of­fi­cials of the Bureau of Correction­s (Bucor) in the past year amid re­ports on the anoma­lous re­lease of heinous crime con­victs based on good con­duct.

Eleazar said they aim to de­ter­mine whether the shoot­ing in­ci­dents were con­nected to the good con­duct time al­lowance (GCTA) im­ple­men­ta­tion.

“Now that the is­sue about the GCTA came up and there were wit­nesses in the Se­nate hear­ing, this GCTA now be­comes a prob­a­ble mo­tive on the case of (Ru­perto) Traya (Jr.),” said Eleazar.

Traya, the chief of the ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fice of the Bucor’s Inmate Doc­u­ment Pro­cess­ing Di­vi­sion, was shot dead on Au­gust 27 in Muntinlupa City.

“Now we want to know if this is also the case with re­gard to the death of two other Bucor em­ploy­ees,” he added.

Eleazar was re­fer­ring to the killing of In­spec­tor Rom­mel Reyes in Septem­ber 2018 and Chief

In­spec­tor An­gelita Per­alta in De­cem­ber 2018.

They were both killed by mo­tor­cy­cle-rid­ing suspects.

Eleazar said based on ini­tial in­ves­ti­ga­tion, the mo­tive be­ing looked into in the cases of Reyes and Per­alta was il­le­gal drugsre­lated, par­tic­u­larly the con­tin­u­ous op­er­a­tions of con­victed drug lords in­side the New Bili­bid Prison.

How­ever, Eleazar said they have yet to gather evidence to prove that the death of the three Bucor em­ploy­ees is Gcta-re­lated.

“But it is bet­ter if we also look into this an­gle. We want to know that is why I or­dered the back­track­ing of the ini­tial re­sults of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion,” said Eleazar.

The NCRPO Chief said he is hop­ing that they could get more leads on the death of the three Bucor em­ploy­ees es­pe­cially that some wit­nesses have al­ready sur­faced and made rev­e­la­tions on the alleged GCTA for sale scheme at the Bili­bid./

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