BACOLOD CITY – Four possible suspects or “persons of interest” are being eyed by police probers along with four angles or motives related to the slay of a jail officer in a rural-urban village here.
Nothing or no one is positive as of yet, however.
Police Lt. Col. Ariel Pico, city police office spokesman, told DNX he could not disclose yet who these persons are as they continue to investigate the killing of Jail Officer 1 Jayvee Jason Vargas, the latest drug-related slay so far.
It happened only two months after confessed drug syndicate bagman Ricky Serenio was killed in a daylight ambush in Cabug’s neighboring village, Pahanocoy.
“These people can only be considered at this point as possibly involved,” Pico said as he pointed out that whatever links can be drawn between the four to the crime are based on “purely circumstantial” evidence.
Pico admitted there is “nothing conclusive” about their involvement.
Station 9 probers are still looking into four angles that could reveal the motive behind the killing of Vargas.
One is work-related, meaning it was caused by his being an officer of the Metro Bacolod District Jail in Handumanan while the others are business, drugs, and personal.
Pico said the business angle is related to the victim having a cock breeding farm in Murcia town that he owns with his father, Joeby Vargas, a retired jail officer.
The personal angle, meanwhile, is being looked into as indicated by the way Vargas was killed, with overwhelming force.
The ones who shot him really “wanted him dead,” Pico said.
Local media reported at least 200 spent rifle and pistol shells were found at the ambush area that prompted Vargas’ mother, Yvonne, to call it an “overkill.”
The last angle, Pico added, is the victim’s possible involvement in illegal drugs.