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PNP to verify persons
behind ‘gun-for-hire group’


The Philippine National Police in Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental, is pursuing possible guns-for-hire in the province after the arrest Wednesday of a man suspected of shooting dead a former beauty queen in the city last year, city police chief, Supt. Crisaleo Tolentino, said.

This followed the arrest of Joselito Concepcion Dairo, 29, of Bayawan City, who has been charged with murder for the death of multiple beauty title holder and former Ms. Dumaguete, Ann Rose Fe Bernadette Neri, on February 13, 2010.

Dairo, who was arrested by virtue of an arrest warrant issued by a Regional Trial Court judge was earlier tagged as the leader of the “Tata Group” that is composed of hit men for hire, Tolentino said.

Dairo denied the allegation, saying that he does not belong to any group and was merely “recruited” and has also reportedly denied involvement in the Neri murder case, Tolentino added.

He told the police he was expecting he would be arrested anytime after a complaint was filed against him last year.

Dairo was first arrested in March 2010 but was released later because it took some time before Neri’s family filed a complaint against him.

Tolentino disclosed Dairo has revealed the names of some “personalities”, but is still reluctant to give more information to the police to help solve other crimes of the supposed hired guns.

The police are hoping that Dairo’s arrest will lead them to other personalities who may be involved in the extrajudicial killings in the province.

Witnesses to crimes perpetrated by “contract killers” will be invited to take a look at Dairo in the coming days, Tolentino said.

Meanwhile, he is appealing to the public to be extra vigilant and to report immediately to the police the presence of strangers or persons acting suspiciously in their areas, to help prevent more crimes from taking place in Dumaguete.*JFP



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