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PRO4-B files murder rap vs Bundoquin’s ‘killer’

June 7, 2023 Alfred P. Dalizon 217 views

POLICE Regional Office (PRO) 4-B director Brigadier General Joel B. Doria, on Wednesday, announced the filing of criminal charges against the alleged gunman who shot to death 50-year-old radio broadcaster Cresenciano Bundoquin in Calapan City in Oriental Mindoro last week.

In a report to Philippine National Police (PNP) chief General Benjamin C. Acorda Jr., the official said that the Special Investigation Task Group (SITG) Bundoquin referred the case against the second suspect before the Office of the Prosecutor of Calapan City last Monday.

Acorda said that a P150,000 bounty has been raised by the PNP for any information that would lead to the capture of the gunman, whose name was withheld.

“The SITG has completed its initial findings by referring appropriate criminal complaints against the second suspect,” said Doria as he commended members of the SITG Bundoquin led by Oriental Mindoro Police Provincial Office (PPO) director, Colonel Samuel S. Delorino for “working tirelessly” to solve the case.

Bundoquin, a commentator of DWXR 101.7 Kalahi FM MUX Online Radio, was shot and killed in front of his store in Barangay Sta. Isabel in Calapan City around 4:20 a.m. last May 31.

The SITG Bundoquin investigation showed that the suspects were onboard a white Honda XRM 125cc motorcycle when they attacked the victim.

Investigators said that the back rider-gunman alighted from the motorbike and suddenly approached the victim before firing at him repeatedly without any provocation.

After the shooting, the suspects immediately fled the scene, but the victim’s son gave chase and accidentally bumped the suspects’ getaway motorcycle.

As a result, the motorcycle rider was thrown off the vehicle and died on the spot after suffering severe head and body injuries.

The 2nd suspect managed to flee in an unknown direction.

“After gathering evidence and obtaining accounts from the victim’s family and witnesses, the SITG has identified the suspect who shot and killed the victim,” said Delorino.

“We are fully committed to ensuring that justice is served for the victim and their family, and we will not rest until this goal is achieved,” he added.

PRO4-B operatives have pressed their hunt for the escaped gunman of Bunduquin with all exit points already sealed to prevent the suspect from leaving the province.

Acorda said that the capture of the remaining assailant will be the “top priority” of the SITG Bunduquin.

He also urged anyone with vital and verifiable information to come forward and assist in the ongoing probe, emphasizing the importance of bringing Bunduquin’s killers to justice swiftly.

The top cop assured the public that the PNP will work to apprehend the perpetrators responsible for the “appalling act” which he condemned in the strongest possible terms.

Acorda also emphasized the utmost importance placed on the safety and well-being of members of the working press.

While characterizing the incident as “isolated,” he acknowledged the inherent risks that journalists face in the pursuit of their professional duties.

The PNP chief committed to “ensuring the protection” of journalists, allowing them to “exercise their freedom to report without fear.”

“Our goal is to safeguard their freedom to report and uphold the principles of a free and independent press,” he said as he maintained that the PNP remains dedicated to upholding the rule of law, ensuring the safety of all citizens, and protecting the rights and freedoms of media professionals in the Philippines.

PNP Public Information Office (PNP-PIO) chief Brig. Gen. Redrico A. Maranan, also the Chief Focal Person of the Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFoMS), said that investigators from the Calapan City Police Station have been joined by agents from the PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group, the Forensic Group and the Intelligence Group in probing the deadly attack.

It also welcomed the assurance of support by the Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Commission (PAOCC) under Executive Director Gilbert Cruz in the ongoing investigation.