Former Cop in Salabas Kidnap-Slay Nabbed
A former member of the Bacolod City Police was arrested in Barangay 6 in Bacolod Saturday by Police Station 2 operatives.
Former Police Officer 2 Rule Villacanas was arrested after he was served with two warrants of arrest for kidnapping and murder issued by Regional Trial Court, Branch 64 in Guihulngan City, and for malversation issued by Regional Trial Court, Branch 42 in Bacolod City.
Villacanas was implicated in the kidnapping and murder of former Barangay Pahanocoy Captain Eleuterio “Dodong” Salabas, Visayan Maritime Academy (VMA) instructor Ricardo Suganob, and maritime student Maximo Lomoljo.
He was accused along with Inspector Bonifer Gotas, then head of Bacolod PNP Station 6, SPO1 Nelson Grijaldo, Richard Salazar, “Alias Tisoy” and PO1 Dennis Belandres.
The prime suspect, then Senior Inspector Clarence Dongail is now detained at the New Bilibid Prison.
Villacanas said he escaped thinking he can’t attain justice because he is poor. He worked in General Santos City as checker in the port, but went home in 2016 after he suffered a stroke.
He said he prefer to be detained in Bacolod to be near with his family.*(Cyrus M. Garde)