BuCor chief orders probe on killing of whistleblower in Davao del Norte

MANILA — Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) Director Benjamin Delos Santos ordered the creation of an investigation team to probe the killing of a security officer of the Bureau Davao Penal Farm, known as Dapecol on Saturday morning in Carmen, Davao del Norte.

The Davao del Norte Provincial Police Office (DNPPO) identified the victim as Kabunsuan Makilala, who was shot dead by riding in tandem gunmen.

“We will let no stones unturned in this senseless killing. I have directed OIC, DAPECOL to create a special investigation team to conduct thorough investigation & closely coordinate with National Bureau Investigation and PNP,” Delos Santos said in a statement.

”We condole with the bereaved family of PG3 Bong Makilala & provided assistance in their hour of grief,” he added.

He also instructed deputy director for security and operations Col. Rene Orbe to supervise DAPECOL special investigation team in coordination with the National Bureau of Investigation and Philippine National Police.

Orbe is set to arrive at the Davao Penal Farm Sunday to immediately start the probe of the death of Makilala.

DNPPO provincial director Sr. Supt. Ferdinand Sifuentes, it was learned that Makilala was shot by two unidentified gunmen while he was inside a bus.

Sifuentes said based on their investigation, Makilala was about to go home when he was followed by the suspects from the premises of the Davao Penal Farm in the town of Braulio E. Dujali, Davao del Norte.

The body of the victim is now at the Carmen funeral homes and will be brought to his hometown in Tacurong, Cotabato after the autopsy.

It can be recalled that Makilala, a prison guard, named then BuCor director Gaudencio Pangilinan as having committed violations of Republic Act No. 9184 (Government Procurement Act); and authorizing the transfer of inmates, cutting historical trees, and appointing BuCor Assistant Director for Operations Romeo Fajardo, all of which were reportedly not within Pangilinan’s authority and mandate. Makilala was a former assistant head of the BuCor’s bids and awards committee.

Based on reports, all the accusations were denied by Pangilinan.

Makilala was supported by anti-corruption crusader Sandra Cam.

Makilala has applied to be included in the Witness Protection Program during the term of then Justice Secretary and now Senator Leila de Lima. Makilala had feared for his life after he disclosed alleged anomalies at the state penitentiary. Christopher Lloyd T. Caliwan & Armando Fenequito Jr/PNA-northboundasia.com