ROXAS CITY, Capiz – Two persons were charged for killing a village chief five months ago.
On Aug 28, 2018, the Roxas City Prosecutor’s Office indicted Joy “Tata” Bacus of Brgy. Bakhaw Mandurriao, Iloilo City and a certain John Doe for the death of former Lawaan village chief Elvis Asis on April 27, 2018.
Aside from Asis, Joselito Casila was also wounded in the shooting incident.
Businessman Rogelio “Nonong” Buaron of Poblacion Ilawod, Panay, Capiz was also implicated in the case but he was exonerated for lack of evidence.
Assistant State Prosecutor Reynaldo Delantar Jr, Assistant City Prosecutor Babette Bolido, and Associate City Prosecutor Ronald Asong signed the joint resolution.
It was reviewed by Assistant City Prosecutor Eduardo Delfin and approved by City Prosecutor Erwin Ignacio.
In a 10-page joint resolution, the investigating prosecutor believed Casila’s positive identification of the gunmen.
Casila said Bacus used a .45-caliber pistol in shooting the victims but the latter denied the allegation in his counter-affidavit.
On the other hand, the prosecutor said that the allegation against Buaron as the mastermind was a mere hearsay.
During the preliminary hearing, Jocelyn Asis testified that Buaron and her husband were long time friends. Buaron allegedly recruited her husband to engage in the illegal number games locally known as “daily double.”
She claimed that days before her husband’s death, she heard Asis and Buaron arguing over the daily double operations because the victim was the Small Town Lottery (STL) supervisor in the first district of Capiz.
Bacus testified that he is a former driver of Buaron and later a runner of STL operations under Asis’ supervision.