2 more BFP officials in assassination plot


By Francis Allan L. Angelo


TWO ranking officials of the Bureau of Fire Prevention (BFP-6) are also part of an assassination plot which had already claimed the life of Iloilo provincial fire marshal Casiano del Castillo a week ago.


Sources from the BFP and Iloilo City Police Office (ICPO) said aside from del Castillo, two BFP officials are also targets of paid assassins.


The sources said the “wholesale” assassination plot could be an offshoot of the ongoing rift between BFP officials over allegations of graft and corruption.


When pressed for more details, the BFP personnel refused to reveal more information for fear of their lives.


Justice Secretary Raul Gonzalez Sr. earlier said squabbles within the BFP could be one of the motives behind del Castillo’s assassination.


Gonzalez said he has received information from BFP personnel regarding the dispute between del Castillo and Chief Insp. Lester Gimotea.


The dispute has led to the filing of criminal and administrative suits between del Castillo and Gimotea.

ICPO director Bartolome Tobias confirmed the information saying they are looking into the information to preempt another killing. 


Senior Supt. Aloveel Ferrer was not available for comment.


Del Castillo will be buried today at Forest Lake Memorial park after a necrological service at St. Therese Funeral Chapel in Molo.


The Arevalo police have filed cases against three suspects involved in del Castillo’s assassination. The Arevalo police named the suspects as Michael Mediana of Brgy. Burac, Maasin and Nelson Sompio, a former Philippine Army soldier. The third suspect, Jerry Curtom, has surfaced to deny any involvement in the case.


Curtom said he was at Brgy. Ayong, Cabatuan, Iloilo when del Castillo was shot Friday last week at Land Heights Subdivision in Arevalo district.


Curtom also denied knowing Mediana and Sompio.


“I can’t stomach killing another person and I don’t have any criminal record,” he added.