P100K bounty for Dinagat board member’s killer

The regional command of Caraga Police Regional Office has offered a cash reward of P100,000 in a bid to gather information that would lead to the arrest of the killers of Dinagat provincial board member Wenefredo Olofernes. PHOTO/PRO 13

A 100,000 cash reward has been offered for any information leading to the arrest of the killers of Wenefredo Olofernes, Dinagat Islands’ top provincial board member, who was shot dead in Surigao City, on Sunday morning.

The reward was put up by the director of the Police Regional Office in Caraga (PRO-13 ), according to Police Lt. Col. Rhandy Amaro, Surigao City Police Station chief.

Amaro said the reward money would be a big help to put suspects behind bars and for the solution of the murder.

He said the Surigao City police is now pursuing some leads in their investigations and vowed justice for the slain provincial lawmaker’s family.

Olofernes was gunned down by two men riding tandem on a motorcycle while driving his motorcycle with his live-in partner as they headed home after their morning exercise along Kilometer 2 at Barangay Luna around 7:10 a.m on Sunday (July 7).

Olofernes, who won a second term in midterm elections in May was hit in the head. His companion was unhurt.

He was brought to the Caraga Regional Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

The body was brought to a funeral home in the city. The Olofernes family was waiting for the completion of the autopsy before taking the late provincial lawmaker’s body back to Dinagat Islands for the wake and burial in the family’s hometown of Basilisa.

Olofernes ran as an independent candidate and emerged as the board member with the most number of votes among all bets for Dinagat’s first district.

In a statement, Dinagat Gov. Arlene “Kaka” Bag-ao condemned the brutal and senseless killing of the 52-year-old Olofernes—who was described as good person, hardworking and without an enemy.

“He did not have [bodyguards] with him when this despicable act happened, the reason for which is yet to be determined,” said Bag-ao in a post on Twitter.

Bag-ao called on the PNP to speed up investigations on the killing and bring the culprits and possible mastermind to justice.

“We lost a good leader in Dinagat Islands. I, together with the Provincial Government  and each and every Dinagatnon call for justice,” Bag-ao said. By CLC

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