A Job Well Done

THE Caloocan City police deserve recognition for the speedy resolution on the death of Barangay35 Councilman Reynaldo Dagsa with the immediate arrest of 26-year-old Arnel Buenaflor, an alleged leader of a car theft syndicate who admitted without any remorse to the New Year’s Day killing dubbed:  “On Cam Murder.”

No less than the National Police chief, Director Gen. Raul Bacalzo and Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala, who’s the guest of honor at PNP’s celebration of Ethics Day in Camp Crame, bestow the Medalya ng Kagalingan to Caloocan police chief Senior Supt. Jude Wilson Santos’ men, namely, Chief Inspector Rodrigo Soriano, the team leader and head of the station investigation division and follow-up unit; PO3 Eduardo Ronquillo; PO3 Benjie Tiu; PO2 Carlo Hernandez and PO1 Angelito Gagarin.

Wasting no time and after establishing the whereabouts of the principal suspect, Soriano and his men travelled as far as Aurora, Isabela province where they coordinated with the local police authorities and had him caught red-handed in a small village exactly five days after the incident.

Buenaflor’s two gangmates Michael Rollon and Frederick Sales were the first to be caught even before the former’s arrest while two other cohorts, Rommel Oliva and Francis Bronjal, remain scot-free, says Santos who reveals they have filed murder charges against them.

The murder of Dagsa, an Army reservist who’s accorded a hero’s burial on Sunday with a 21-gun salute when he’s laid to rest at Eternal Gardens, became a hot news item after Buenaflor was “captured” by the camera of the victim who was then taking picture of his wife, daughter and an elderly female relative while aiming a .45 cal. pistol at the village councilman. A lookout, Rollon, stood behind.

As he was flown back from Isabela to Caloocan, Santos says Buenaflor was never remorseful as the latter was even “boasting of a great deal about what he did.” Quoting records, Santos says the suspect in a fit of vengeance, as the victim was said to be responsible for the gang’s arrest and detention last year over a series of car thefts, gunned him down.

Even before the PNP’s accolade, Caloocan Mayor Enrico “Recom” Echiverri was the first to hail Santos, Soriano and his men for the painstaking and successful operation that resulted in Buenaflor’s arrest. The mayor has promised to the family of Dagsa that the local police will not stop until all of the suspects are caught and punished under law.

Suspend San Marcelino, Zambales Mayor Jose Rodriguez If newspaper reports are true, San Marcelino (Zambales) Mayor Jose Rodriguez, who faces rape raps involving a 12-year-old girl, should be suspended from his office so as not influence the outcome of the case.

The alleged rape victim’s mother has been begging to the concerned authorities specifically Interior and Local Government chief Jesse Robredo to suspend the embattled mayor who pleads “not guilty” as he continues to wield power despite the criminal case slapped against him.

She fears that the mayor can use his position as mayor and president of the Zambales mayors’ league to get favorable decision in the case.

I have high regard on Robredo who’s been an outstanding local chief executive for years in Naga City. I firmly believe he will do something in the interest of fair play. Arlie Calalo


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