[In the news] Top cop sacked over farmers’ killing also tagged in 2013 ‘hitman’ slay -ABS-CBN news

Top cop sacked over farmers’ killing also tagged in 2013 ‘hitman’ slay

A police chief who was recently removed from his post over the killing of 14 farmers in Negros Oriental was also involved in a controversial arrest effort that killed an alleged hitman 6 years ago, a congressman said Wednesday.

Erstwhile Negros Oriental police chief Col. Raul Tacaca was head of the Batangas provincial intelligence branch in 2013 when operatives tried to arrest suspected hitman Fernando Morales, who was killed for supposedly fighting authorities, said Bayan Muna Partylist-Rep. Carlos Zarate.

The suspect allegedly worked for suspected jueteng lord Victor Siman, said Zarate. Siman and 12 others were killed in an separate alleged rubout in Atimonan, Quezon that same year.

Morales’ family, however, said police did not present any warrant before dragging him outside their home, where he was repeatedly shot.

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