DRUG GROUP EYED IN MURDER OF GENSAN INTEL COP
GENERAL SANTOS CITY -- Police are eyeing a drug group operating in the city as behind the killing of a police intelligence officer in a village here last week.
Senior Supt. Raul Supiter, city police director, said Thursday that pieces of evidence gathered by investigators showed that the murder of Police Officer 3 Joseph Pequierda was perpetrated by an organized group.
Supiter said it also appeared that the two suspects who gunned down the police officer were guns-for-hire from outside the city, who were commissioned by the undisclosed drug group.
He said Pequierda, a former operative of the city police drug enforcement unit, might have earned the ire of the suspects for his involvement in previous anti-drug operations.
Several drug personalities believed to be members of this group were arrested in the process, he said.
Pequierda was reportedly on his way to an operation when shot dead by two motorcycle-riding suspects at the corner of Guinto St. and Dacera Ave. in Barangay San Isidro last January 7.
The victim, assigned at the city police's mobile force company, had just left his home in Salangsang Village aboard a motorcycle driven by a friend when waylaid by the suspects at about 6:40 p.m.
Supiter said they already arrested and filed murder charges against one of the two gunmen before the city prosecutor's office last Tuesday.
He declined to identify the suspect pending the ongoing investigation and operations against his alleged cohort.
"We have the complete name of one of the suspects. We're still trying to identify the other one," he said in a media briefing.
The police official, however, said they have photographs of the second suspect based on footage from security cameras set up at the slain suspect's house.
Citing information from intelligence sources, Supiter added that the suspects were reportedly hired gunmen from North Cotabato.