Task force formed to probe ex-Bulacan police exec’s slay

A special task force to investigate the killing of the chief security officer of the provincial capitol here was created on Thursday by the Bulacan Police Provincial Office (BPPO).


Col. Lawrence Cajipe, BPPO director, said Task Force “Bagbag” will look into possible leads on the murder of retired Col. Fernando Villanueva.


“No stones will be left unturned to solve this case. We will investigate all angles and look into all possible motives for this gruesome killing of a comrade in public service” Cajipe said in a media interview.


He also said continuous and follow-up operations are undertaken by the Bulacan police, together with other law enforcement agencies such as the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) and National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) for the immediate solution of the crime.


Villanueva was gunned down by unidentified motorcycle-riding men along Bagbag Bridge, Barangay Iba O’Este, Calumpit town at about 6 p.m. Wednesday.


Villanueva’s last assignment before his retirement was at the BPPO where he served as provincial director.


He also became a provincial jail warden of Bulacan.


Based on the report, the victim, together with his driver, were on board a black Mitsubishi Strada (SHX 829) and traversing McArthur Highway when shot several times by unidentified assailants.


Villanueva and his driver immediately alighted from the vehicle due to the traffic congestion but the retired police officer was chased by the suspects and gunned down. His driver, however, was unharmed.


Upon receipt of the report, Cajipe said the Bulacan police immediately sent a flash alarm to all its units and ordered dragnet operations to pursue and locate the fleeing armed suspects.


He said CCTV footages are collated for the possible movement and identification of the suspects.


Source: Philiipines News Agency

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