By Francis Allan L. Angelo


MURDER charges will be filed this week against the alleged gunman of provincial fire marshal Casiano del Castillo.


Senior Supt. Bartolome Tobias, Iloilo City Police Office (ICPO) director, said they are refining their case against the triggerman who is believed to be a resident of Iloilo province.


Tobias said eyewitnesses identified the suspect through his photographs.


The ICPO chief said they also provided security to the witnesses after receiving reports that they are being threatened.


“As a matter of procedure, we secure the witnesses to prevent the suspects from harming or influencing them. We will file the case as soon as possible,” Tobias said.


Tobias said they continue to check the background of the gunman, particularly his criminal records.


Del Castillo was walking towards their home in Land Heights Subdivision in Arevalo district Friday afternoon when two motorcycle-riding suspects shot him with a caliber .45 pistol.


Tobias is still cautious to reveal the motive for del Castillo’s murder “but we are continuously liaising with the Bureau of Fire Prevention and the victim’s family.”


“There are a lot of angles and until the investigation is finished, we cannot speculate,” he added.


Tobias also allayed fears of local leaders and the business community of the reported presence of hired killers in Iloilo City.


“I don’t think the situation is alarming but we advise our people to be vigilant against suspicious looking persons. Please report to us any unusual event or strange persons in your communities,” he added.


Intelligence operatives of the ICPO are now monitoring the reports and movements of alleged assassins in the city, Tobias said.