Thursday, December 7, 2017
BACOLOD City – A frustrated murder case was filed against Negros Occidental’s top drug suspect Ricky Serenio at the City Prosecutor’s Office yesterday.
The Bacolod City Police Office’s Police Station 3 led by its commander Senior Inspector Jun Ray Batadlan lodged the case in relation to a shooting incident on Lacson Street in Barangay Mandalagan before Assistant City Prosecutor Ma. Liza Tubera-Sy.
The 29-year-old Joen Villacoer of Barangay 1 was driving a motorcycle around 12:45 a.m. on Dec. 5 when Serenio and another still unidentified suspect on board another motorcycle fired at him, a police report showed.
Villacoer sustained gunshot wounds on the left leg and was treated at the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital.
Personal grudge was the motive in the shooting, according to Batadlan.
Police were still finding Serenio as of this writing.
Serenio is a self-confessed “paymaster” of the notorious Berya drug cartel based in Negros Occidental.
He was detained but came out of prison after paying a P720,000 bail for charges of illegal possession of explosives, illegal possession of firearms and grave coercion.
Serenio never faced a drug charge despite admitting to paying off some politicians and cops for the protection of his drug group.
On Oct. 18, Serenio executed an affidavit before the La Carlota City Prosecutor’s Office linking Sen. Franklin Drilon and former Department of Interior and Local Government secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas to the illegal drug trade.
Serenio said Drilon and Roxas wanted to take over the illegal drug trade in Negros Island./PN