PRO1 special probe bodies vow to solve high-profile cases

CAMP BGEN OSCAR M FLORENDO – The police regional office here has directed the special investigation task groups (SITGs) to dig deeper in their investigation to unearth more material evidence to bolster the cases against the suspects implicated in several killings in the region including the shooting to death of a judge in Ilocos Sur.

PRO1 Chief Supt. Orlando M. Mabutas stressed this during a conference held at the Masigasig Center here on October 29 and attended by the heads of the SITGs, PRO1 command group, chiefs of directorial staff, heads of concerned support units, and other key police officers.

During the conference which he presided, Mabutas underscored the commitment of the PRO1 to solve these high-profile cases.

Mabutas urged the probe bodies: “Do backtracking so you can get more clues.  Coordinate with the local government officials for the possible raising of reward money for informants.  Do not merely be investigators; be detectives!”

The SITGs, usually named after that of the victim, were formed to conduct in-depth probe of cases involving government officials, media practitioners, foreign nationals, or other prominent individuals including the shooting to death last October 4 of Vigan City Judge Reynaldo Lacasandile.

During the conference, the SITG heads presented briefings on the latest updates of their respective cases.  Some probe bodies announced major breakthroughs in their investigation, while the others expressed optimism that they will soon get hold of crucial leads and evidence to pin down the suspects.  All vowed to exert maximum efforts to solve the cases.

The regional director also directed the SITGs to submit regular development reports, even as he pledged to help generate funds in support of their operational requirements.

“We will do our best to extend the needed assistance to our special probe bodies,” Mabutas said.#