BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines – Is controversial former police major Clarence Dongail here?
If so, why is the controversial police official who was jailed for the abduction and subsequent killing of three men not in a maximum security prison in the capital of Sugarlandia?
Newly-installed police chief, Col. Manuel Placido, however, said he already had the information verified and it turned out to be false.
“Unless he is capable of bilocation, he is not here,” Placido told DNX in Filipino in a phone interview.
Various sources, one from the intelligence community, have volunteered information to DNX News that the decorated anti-drug operative was first spotted in the city when the quarantines took effect.
One of the sources, who spoke on condition that he remains anonymous, is a personal friend of Dongail.
The first source is a former civil servant, who used to drive Dongail to Oriental Negros when the former Bacolod policeman attended hearings in Guihulngan City as one of the principal suspects in the abduction and murder of former village chief Eleuterio Salabas, Maximo Lomoljo, and Ricardo Suganob in 2003.
He even gave a mobile number that he claimed was being used by Dongail.
“We had coffee and talked a bit,” he said but did not disclose details as to when and where they met.
“It was during the ECQ,” was his curt reply in a face-to-face conversation with this reporter.
The ECQ or Enhanced Community Quarantine here swung into effect 30 March 2020 and lasted until mid May.
Thr second source, also a friend, said he met Dongail during a personal affair.
He did not elaborate except to say it was “after the ECQ.”
The third source, a long-time intelligence operative, said they have been following up information from their sources that Dongail was here since summer of 2019 but offered no personal knowledge about his presence.
This source asked that his service affiliation be not disclosed.
The sources, however, are all limited to only seeing Dongail once and are not familiar with his activities here presuming that he was indeed in the city.
Placido told DNX he had also received information related to Dongail’s presence here and had it “verified.”
It was found to be false.
Asked if it was the Bureau of Corrections that confirmed that Dongail was still in the maximum security New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City, Placido said they have their own way of verifying information.
He added, however, that he would be willing to go with any source who would bring him face to face with Dongail.
“I will not put on body armor and he can shoot me,” Placido added.
Dongail was a celebrated anti-drug policeman here under two mayors – from Oscar Verdeflor to Luzviminda Valdez and rose to prominence under then police chief, Col. Amado Marquez Jr.
Dongail headed the Drug Enforcement Unit and was noted to be an aggressive officer who headed several significant busts of noted drug personalities.
He was implicated, however, in the alleged torture of a suspected drug dealer from Mindanao and in the alleged murder of a police asset who turned criminal.
“It would be a grave injustice and an insult to the justice system to say that Dongail is here when he is supposed to serve his time in prison, Placido said.