PNP silent on killing of cop who tagged Garbo, Loot in drugs

Police in Cebu remained mum on its investigation on the death of a police officer following his blotter entry accusing two retired police officials of involvement in illegal drugs.

Police Officer 2 Ryan del Castillo was found dead on Saturday in a vacant lot in front of a firing range in Lapu-Lapu City. A spot report from the Crimes Against Person Desk said Castillo was identified through a police identification card found inside his wallet. Castillo was assigned in the Cordova Police Station as a desk officer. Castillo was reported missing on Wednesday after allegedly entering a police blotter about the supposed involvement of Deputy Director General Marcelo Garbo and retired Chief Superintendent and now Daanbantayan town Mayor Vicente Loot in illegal drugs. Garbo and Loot have been previously tagged by President Rodrigo Duterte as protectors of drug syndicates, the same message that Castillo wrote on the police blotter.

Forensics investigators of the Cebu police processed the crime scene and recovered one .9mm Glock pistol, three magazines, 23 live ammunition, one handcuff, one cellular phone, and a wallet containing various IDs and assorted documents. Castillo's body was brought to the Surelife Funeral Homes for autopsy.

GMA News Online sought comment from Philippine National Police spokesperson Senior Superintendent Dionardo Carlos, but he referred Superintendent Renato Dugan, chief of the Police Regional Office 7's Public Information Office. Dugan has yet to reply to questions regarding the case as of this posting.

Police Officer 3 Lydo Pinos, investigator tasked to handle the case, also declined to comment on the incident pending the release of the autopsy report. Pinos told GMA News Online that the autopsy report will be released on Monday afternoon.

H/T: gmanewsonline

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