By BiliranIsland.com Staff
Published 4:59 PM, March 30, 2017
Photos from BPPO
BATO, Biliran, Biliran – Police authorities in Biliran province conducted search operation in the house of the alleged suspect in the shooting of a former US Marine early Thursday morning, March 30.
The subject of the police search operation was the house owned by a certain Maximo Bacalla, 58 years old, married, resident of Barangay Burabod, and an employee of LGU-Biliran.
Bacalla’s house is located before the elementary school of Barangay Burabod, Biliran, Biliran.
According to sources who requested anonymity, Maximo Bacalla aka Loklok, was one of the suspects in the shooting of Harvey Gene Abrams on March 10 along the national highway of Barangay Bato, Biliran. [Riding in tandem shoots US citizen in Biliran]
Recently, Maria Abrams, the wife of the victim, filed cases in court against Bacalla et. al. for attempted homicide and murder.
The search warrant was issued by RTC Branch 16 Presiding Judge Bienvenido Montalla.
The seized items during the search operation that started around 7:05 a.m.in and ended around 8:00 are the following items: 1 unit hand grenade, 1 unit .38 revolver (Smith & Wesson), 4 pcs. live ammos for Cal .38 and 1 PC holster. Subject arrested person with the seized items were brought to Biliran PS for proper documentation and disposition.
Dr. Ellenor V. Briones, one of the accused persons in the murder and attempted murder cases filed by Abrams widow in court, said that she was at the RHU-Biliran at around 10:00 a.m. on March 10, attending to some 30 clients.
Briones even told that Bacalla, who is her bodyguard, did not possess any firearm, ammunitions and grenade.
She added that Bacalla was also at RHU-Biliran that same morning of March 10, 2017.
However, one of the witnesses of the cases filed in court allegedly stated in an executed affidavit that she heard Dr. Briones talking to someone at around 10:00 a.m. that day, March 10, saying “patya na si Abrams ug iyang asawa aron wala nay problema” (kill Abrams including his wife so there will be no more problem).
Bacalla is now detained at the Naval Police Station. – BiliranIsland.com