Two members of the Cordillera regional police’s anti-drug unit are being held under restrictive custody while being investigated for the abduction and gruesome killing of a driver from Baguio City.
Regional police director Brig. Gen. R’win Pagkalinawan, in a statement sent late Wednesday night, confirmed that lawmen were identified as suspects, but did not name them.
“I am saddened and shocked that a crime this brutal was committed by members of our police force. Though historically we know that beheading enemies used to be a part of the culture of the Cordilleras, in these modern times, it is anathema to contemporary society,” Pagkalinawan said.
Col. Allen Rae Co, Baguio City police chief, said the two suspects are members of the Regional Drug Enforcement Unit.
“We have already identified them, they have been disarmed, they are now restrictive custody po sa regional office, and we are in the process of documenting everything, getting testimonies of witnesses, for the filing of the case,” Co told reporters by phone.
Co confirmed that the case stems from the abduction of 25-year-old driver Harjan Lagman in Brgy. Irisan, Baguio, on November 11. The victim’s decapitated body was found the next day in Tublay town of Benguet.
Co said the two suspect policemen were identified from among four males caught on video while forcing Lagman into a vehicle.
The duo are denying involvement so investigators are still trying to identify the other two, who may be civilian agents, he said.
Co said they received information that Lagman had been using drugs, but noted that this will not matter in the investigation.
“Whether he was a criminal or a normal citizen ay hindi po tama yung ginawa sa kanya,” he said, adding that the victim’s head has yet to be found.
Pagkalinawan, in his statement, said the incident brought down the morale of the whole police force of Cordillera.
“But it is worth noting that it was we ourselves who investigated, identified, and will be the ones to file the case against the perpetrators, notwithstanding the fact that they are our brothers in arms. We reiterate that this is an isolated incident,” he said.
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