By: Francis Allan L. Angelo
TWELVE watchmen or barangay tanods of Tacas, Jaro are considered suspects in the shootout that killed Barangay Captain Rolando Tabuada and PO3 Jerome Jaculina Friday.
Lea Dominguez, sister of PO3 Jaculina, identified tanod Archie Degoma as the person who shot her brother.
Dominguez placed Degoma and fellow tanod Nestor Guilaran under citizens arrest hours after the deadly shootout inside the Tacas gymnasium where a bikini open contest was held.
Degoma is presently confined at the intensive care unit of Iloilo Mission Hospital for the gunshot wounds he suffered during the clash.
The Jaro police investigator also identified nine other tanods who may have joined in the shootout.
The other suspects are tanod commander Maximino Guilaran, 54 (at-large); Rommel Diño, 32 (at-large); Rey Tabuco, 59; Jose Dindo, 40; Teddy Regulacion, 54; Materno Janielo, 51; Fedirico Jacoma, 48; Romeo Llamas, 59; Angelo Lucena, 55; and Henry Jarmie, 50.
Meanwhile, C/Supt. Cipriano E. Querol Jr., PNP regional director, ordered a crackdown on illegal firearms, including gun-toting tanods inside public gatherings.
In a statement, Querol said tanods are not allowed to carry guns while on duty even if they have permit to carry firearms outside of residence (PTCFOR).
"Barangay tanods who have been granted PTCFOR may carry their guns when they are not on duty," Querol said.
Querol also directed police to heighten the campaign against illegal firearms through Oplan "Sita" which should be implemented at all times, especially in fiestas, festivals and other events where big volume of people are gathering.