By Tonton Alcos Antogop and Rechie Brusas
CEBU CITY, PHILIPPINES- A police officer who has already been assigned outside of this city has been gunned down near the Mabolo police station here today at past noon. Police Captain Delfin Bontuyan, 55, a resident of Talamban was on board his silver-black Yamaha NMAX motorcycle when shot by two-gun men who were backriders (riding in tandem) of two-separate motorcycles.
Witnesses told homicide probers that the gunmen who wore full-face helmets shot him several times during the stop signal of the traffic lights in the crime scene situated between a big shopping mall chain and a home and office furnishing store. The victim just came from a court hearing on an illegal drugs case in the Quimoda building in the pier area of a certain Rey Niones in the Regional Trial Court (RTC) branch 13 when the incident happened at past 2:00PM.
“There were four people who rode on motorcycles that did it,” Mabolo deputy chief Capt. Miles Damoslog told reporters in Tagalog in an interview. Bontuyan who wore a jacket fell on the hood of a taxi that was beside him driven by a certain Michael Anora when Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO) team arrived and processed the crime scene.
He sustained shots in the head that pierced through his helmet while his jacket was also holed by bullets. The bullets ricocheted in the taxi hood causing damage. Cebu City Police Director Royina Garma told reporters in a separate group telephone interview that they will investigate thoroughly the incident. Garma, however, said that Bontuyan who used to be assigned with the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG-7) have handled drug cases where some of it were dismissed in the courts.
“Ang nakita ko lang ang mga records niya when he was with CIDG wherein he is the team leader or he executed affidavits sa mga illegal drug operations nila, that resulted to the dismissal of cases,” Garma who herself was CIDG-7 regional chief prior to her present post said over the phone. Garma confirmed that Bontuyan was reassigned outside of Central Visayas in 2016 when Pres. Rodrigo Duterte assumed office (reports are being validated by iNews.Ph that Bontuyan was allegedly included in the so-called “narco-list” of Pres. Duterte).
Bontuyan was earlier assigned to the Cordillera region but his latest assignment is in the Sulu Provincial Police Office. Outgoing Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmena posted in his Facebook page however that Bontuyan whom he identifies as the father of Talamban Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) chairman Christine Claire Bontuyan was approached by fellow policeman a day before the incident.
Osmena claimed Christine was harrassed by Garma and Major Chuck Barandog, the chief of the City Mobile Force Company of the Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) during the May 13 elections. “The father of the girl who made this post about being harrassed by both Barandog’s men and Garma herself was murdered today. His name is Captain Delfin Bontuyan, formerly PNP CIDG. Yesterday, he was approached by police who asked him what was his relationship to Christine Bontuyan, who was harassed by police during election day. Today, 20m away from Mabolo police station, he was shot and killed,” the FB post of Mayor Osmena said.
Osmena himself went to the crime scene along with his son Miguel but refused to be interviewed by reporters. Christine Claire wept and managed to kiss the bloodied body of her father when she arrived accompanied by her fellow SK officers led by SK federation president Jessica Resch. She wailed, “I Love you Papa please wake up Papa,” as she was being comforted by her companions.
The SOCO team were able to recover slugs and empty shells of .45 caliber pistol in the crime scene. The wallet of the victim contained P30,000 cash as it appeared that he just made a withdrawal from an ATM machine as there was a transaction receipt found.
Capt. Bontuyan is also survived by his wife Myra who is working abroad. He brought with him a .22 caliber pistol but he was not able to shot back at his assailants. Bontuyan rose from the ranks to become a police officer. He finished a criminology course before he entered the PNP. He is scheduled to retire in April next year.