By Francis Allan L. Angelo


THE Police Regional Office (PRO-6) cannot sue the police officers allegedly involved in the death of a police officer who was at the forefront of the anti-illegal drugs campaign in Iloilo City.


Chief Supt. Isagani Cuevas, PRO-6 director, said they have no witnesses who can tag four police personnel in the death of PO2 Frederick Capasao more than two years ago.


Capasao, who was once assigned at the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (Pdea), was gunned down in front of their home in LaPaz, Iloilo City.


An intelligence report pointed to four police officers – one chief inspector, two police officers 2 and a police officer 1 – of having a hand in Capasao’s death.


The report dated February 16, 2008 came from the Regional Intelligence Division headed by Senior Supt. Cornelio Defensor.


Cuevas said he read the intelligence report which became the basis of an investigation mounted by the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG).


“I had the report validated by ordering the CIDG to investigate the case in coordination with the National Bureau of Investigation which was able to get some witnesses,” Cuevas said.


But none of the witnesses, Cuevas said, was willing to execute sworn affidavits which can be used as evidence against the four police officers.


Even the wife of Capasao, Marisol, was afraid to issue her sworn statement, the PRO-6 chief said.


Cuevas said they cannot determine if the four police officers indeed killed Capasao or were just accomplices.


Capasao is one of the police officers responsible for the arrest of suspected drug suspect Cairoden Abdullah in 2005.