A job well doneE
Published by the Visayan Daily Star
Editor-in-Chief & President
Bureau Chief, Dumaguete
MAJA P. DELY
|CARLOS ANTONIO L. LEONARDIA
That was fast work that the police had done on the murder of a landowner in Barangay Santa Rosa, Negros Occidental.
In less than two weeks, the Murcia police had identified and filed charges against the three suspects who had attempted to rob lady farmer Ma. Theresa Bernardita Locsin and shot her dead when she resisted.
The incident took place in Hacienda Locsin where the victim was inspecting the family-owned sugarcane and ricefields with the hacienda overseer. Two of the culprits were later identified to be former workers in the hacienda who allegedly held old grudges against its administration.
The crime was dastardly, indeed, considering that the victim was taken by surprise, was unarmed, and was a woman, confronted by three men who had evil intentions against her. Surely they deserve the penalty that the court will impose on them, especially with the existence of a witness who recognized them and saw the actual commission of the crime.
What is notable about the case, is the manner in which the local police of Murcia, led by their Chief, Senior Inspector Norberto Barniso, identified the suspects and filed charges against them before the court in record time. Their swift action has undoubtedly drawn the admiration of both the family of the victim and the people of Murcia town, who must realize that they have police officers who know their job, and can act quickly and efficiently on a crime committed in their locality.
Our only commentary on this case is that the same police officers and their colleagues in the town, should act as swiftly and as efficiently in cases involving less prominent members of the community as they have done in this case.
Meanwhile, we commend them for doing a good job, and hope their example will be emulated by other police units in the province.*