Chief Insp. Musa Amiyong

Chief Insp. Musa Amiyong

By Francis Allan L. Angelo


THE intelligence section (S2) chief of the Iloilo City Police Office (ICPO) will be investigated for his role in the shooting of two persons in General Luna Street, Iloilo City early morning Sunday.

Senior Supt. Bartolome Tobias, ICPO director, said the investigation on Chief Insp. Musa Amiyong will determine whether or not Amiyong was involved in the shooting of Federico Dolar and Roy Barsote around 2am Sunday near the Infante flyover.

According to the Iloilo City Police Station 1 blotter reports, Amiyong said he and a certain Lito were trying to nab Dolar and Barsote in a buy-bust operation but the duo shot him while he was approaching.

This certain Lito turned out to be Lito Jimena, a former media barker for politicians during elections.

Amiyong said it was Jimena who developed the operation against Dolar and Barsote since last week.

A running gun battle ensued which wounded Barsote in his back while Dolar was unscathed.

Dolar, who is now detained at the ICPS-1 jail, said they were passing by the flyover area when Amiyong and Lito shot them with a caliber .45 pistol.

Barsote was brought to the Iloilo Doctors Hospital where he is fighting for his life, the bullet was still lodged in his body as of presstime.

ICPS-1 investigators recovered from the scene of the incident a caliber .38 revolver with two spent shells and four live ammunitions and two spent shells of caliber .45 bullets.

No illegal drugs and marked money, however, were found in the possession of Dolar and Barsote.

Yesterday, radio reports came out accusing Dolar and Barsote as part of a syndicate that pilfers fuel from the heavy equipment of Hanjin Co., contractor of the ongoing Iloilo Flood Control Project.

The reports also implicated Amiyong to the alleged pilferage of Hanjin equipment based in Brgy. Balabago, Jaro.

Dolar and Barsote were also tagged in a grenade throwing incident at the tanod (auxiliary police) detachment of Brgy. Balabago, which is believed to be related to the pilferage controversy.

Tobias said he has knowledge of the allegations against Amiyong “that is why we will initiate an investigation on the matter.”

“These are very sensitive information involving one of our officers and we want to give him the chance to explain his side. We can’t conclude anything as of now because all these are still unconfirmed reports,” Tobias said.

If Amiyong is found to be involved in the alleged rackets, Tobias said they will be compelled to relieve the S2 chief pending the administrative investigation against him.

Tobias said their investigation is aimed at gathering facts surrounding the Sunday shootout and the allegations against Amiyong.

“We can then proceed with the administrative investigation on Amiyong if the facts merit so,” he added.

Chief Insp. Conrado Carganillo, ICPS-1 chief, said they are still waiting for Amiyong to undergo paraffin test by the PNP Crime Laboratory.

Legit buy-bust

Amiyong said their operation against Dolar and Barsote was legitimate although he refused to answer accusations of pilferage against him.

Amiyong said Dolar is included in the watch list of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).

TDG tried to verify with PDEA officials if Dolar was indeed in its list of suspected drug pushers but their records were not available since it yesterday was a holiday.

“Everything that happened last Sunday and the other allegations against me I will answer in my affidavit which I will provide the media soon,” Amiyong said.

Jimena said over dySI-Super Radyo that the allegations tagging him in the pilferage of Hanjin equipment are “diversionary tactics.”

“That was a legitimate operation on our part,” Jimena said.