COTABATO CITY––Police authorities within the Bangsamoro Autonomous Area in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) introduced the creation of a particular probe group to fast-track the investigation of the homicide of retired Colonel Rolen Balquin.
Main Mark Joseph Porras, spokesperson of Cotabato Metropolis Police Workplace, mentioned Brig. Gen. Arthur Cabalona, BARMM police director, permitted the creation of the Particular Investigation Activity Group (SITG) Balquin.
Colonel Jeffrey Fernandez, BARMM police deputy director for operations, was named SITG supervisor, and Colonel Rommel Javier, metropolis police director, SITG commander.
Balquin, who retired in 2017, was named Cotabato Metropolis Public Order and Security chief and served till he was gunned down final March 19 alongside Sinsuat Avenue right here.
His lone attacker used a caliber .45 pistol.
Barquin’s police escort, Grasp Sgt. Ariel Gutang, was wounded within the assault at previous 9 a.m.
Balquin was declared lifeless on arrival at a authorities hospital right here.
Police have individuals of curiosity within the homicide that surprised metropolis residents because it occurred in broad daylight and in the course of the election interval when authorities legislation enforcement models are imagined to implement a gun ban strictly.
Mayor Cynthia Guiani-Sayadi has condemned the assault and urged residents to assist the police determine the attackers.
Brig. Gen. Alexander Tagum, police director of Area 12, the place Balquin additionally served as a police officer, vowed to assist in the investigation and convey the perpetrators earlier than the bar of justice.
Cotabato Metropolis was initially beneath PRO-12 administrative and operational management. Now it’s beneath PNP BARMM.
A graduate of Philippine Nationwide Police Academy Tagapaglingkod Class of 1987, Balquin, who hails from Negros, served as commandant of cadets at Camp Gen. Mariano N. Castañeda in Silang, Cavite, earlier than his task in Mindanao.
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