Ex-cop chief tagged as mastermind in electrician's slay

July 5, 2009 10:30 pm 

By Leonardo V. Micua

CAMP OSCAR FLORENDO, La Union, July 5 –The caretaker of the shabu laboratory, which was busted in La Union last year, has tagged former chief of police of Dagupan City as the one who ordered the killing of the laboratory's electrician.

Dante Palaganas, the caretaker of the busted laboratory in Barangay Bimmotobot, Naguilian, La Union, tagged former Dagupan police chief Supt. Dionicio Borromeo as the one who ordered him to kill the electrician, named only as "Ronnie."

Borromeo served as police chief of Dagupan for only one year, from July 2007 to July 2008. Before that, he was director of Police Regional Mobile Group in Region 1.

He was also implicated as protector of the laboratory.

Palaganas made the disclosure following the exhumation of Ronnie's skeletal remains on July 1.

Palaganas also said Borromeo was the one who gave him Cal. 45 pistol, which he used in slaying Ronnie, whose identity is yet to be established by police investigators.

Palaganas, who is now detained at the La Union Provincial Jail along with Borromeo, confessed that it was Borromeo and Artuz, the lab's alleged financier, who ordered him to kill "Ronnie" as the latter already knew too much about the operation and for being "too noisy".

Palaganas led Task Force Bimmotobot, headed by Chief Supt. Ramon Gatan, police regional director of the Ilocos, in retrieving Ronnies' skeletal remains from a shallow grave.

Joining Gatan were representatives of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency 1 and members of the La Union police.

In his signed affidavit, Palaganas admitted shooting “Ronnie” in right temple after instructing him to excavate a hole purportedly to be used as a garbage pit.

Not realizing that the pit was to become his own shallow grave, “Ronnie” complied.

In his affidavit, Palaganas said he shot “Ronnie” in his right temple, using the gun allegedly provided by Borromeo.

The task force saw that the victim was indeed shot on the right temple.

The task force also found a traveling bag near Ronnie's skeletal remains. The bag contained an electrician’s tool kit and a multi-electronic tester, both proving that the victim indeed worked as an electrician in the shabu laboratory.

The drug laboratory, raided by combined elements of Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA)Region 1 and the PNP on July 9, 2008 at Barangay Bimmotobot, Naguilian, yielded P277-million worth of raw chemicals and equipment used in making shabu. (PNA)

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