BCPO looks for stronger evidence in Tan’s murder

Police cordon the area at Barangay Estefania, Bacolod where the elder brother of a former councilor in Bacolod City was gunned down. (Photo courtesy of Bacolod City Police Office)

By: Glazyl Y. Masculino

BACOLOD City – The Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) continues to gather more evidence to identify the perpetrators behind the murder of the brother of a former councilor here.

Police Colonel Henry Biñas, BCPO director, said they are still looking for stronger evidence to be used in solving the case of 70-year-old Robert Tan, who was gunned down by unidentified motorcycle-riding assailants at Barangay Estefania here last Sunday.

Tan was the elder brother of former Councilor Ricardo Tan, who survived an ambush at Barangay Alangilan here in December 2018.

Biñas said they will hold a case conference today, Dec 20, 2019, to check the evidence they have gathered and to assess other necessary measures that can help in the investigation.

He said they are on the process of eliminating other angles in the case but he refused to elaborate pending his meeting with investigators.

Earlier, the BCPO is looking into illegal drugs, business, and personal as possible angles in the killing.

Tan’s younger brother, Ricardo was earlier tagged in the illegal drug trade by President Rodrigo Duterte, an allegation which the former city official already denied.

He said the investigators are trying to come up with a new development to hasten the solution of the case.

The BCPO has previously said that they are trying to focus on investigating the possible link of the ambush last year to the recent killing.

When asked if how long it would take for them to solve the case, he said that he does not believe in a timeline, adding that it may hamper the resolution of the case.

“We will just do what we can to solve this case,” he said.