MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) has started a full investigation into the ambush on the father of Biliran Rep. Glenn Chong in Biliran province over the weekend.
Radio dzBB’s Benjie Liwanag Jr reported that PNP chief Director General Avelino Razon Jr ordered the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) to check the motive behind the incident.
He said the CIDG can start with “Saul,” an active policeman now in custody and who was linked to the ambush.
At least two bodyguards were killed while a third one was seriously wounded in an ambush on Charlie Chong in Naval town Saturday night.
Earlier reports indicated local police suspect politics to be the motive behind the attack on the elder Chong, who was unhurt in the ambush.
Initial police reports indicated at least four men, one of them a policeman, fired at the elder Chong and his bodyguards near the intended victim’s house.
Killed were Alberto Parilla, a former village chairman of Rosario village, who was shot in the stomach; and Antonio Barcelo, who was shot in the back.
Rep. Chong said his bodyguards managed to identify one of the suspects as “Saul,” said to be assigned to the Naval town police headquarters. “Saul” was reportedly in police custody as of Sunday evening.
The congressman, 33, is a member of the Liberal Party and is a lawyer and certified public accountant.
Naval is a fourth-class town with a population of 37,974 people in 7,990 households. – GMANews.TV