LEGAZPI CITY (PNA) – Aside from the witness who came forward the other day to tell the police what he saw during the killing of Lupi town mayor Raul Matamorosa, the authorities would also utilize the video footage of a close circuit television (CCTV) camera installed at the electronics repair shop where the shooting took place last Saturday afternoon in Barangay Concepcion Pequeña in Naga City.
Senior Police Officer 2 Randy Solano, Naga City police spokesman, said that they had secured the video footage and had sought services of technical experts to enhance the captured images that could yield possible identification of the lone gunman and two other lookouts.
Solano admitted though that the video recorded long shots that gave them difficulty in recognizing the people present when a single shot was fired in close range by the suspect who approached the victim from behind.
“But we are optimistic that this video footage could be enhanced by our experts because it will really help a lot in identifying the suspects,” Solano said.
He said that the investigation of the case would be expedited with the the creation of Special Investigation Task Group Matamorosa (SITGM), which is a composite team of different law-enforcement units, including the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG).
Solano said they are in the process of convincing other witnesses to come forward and give their testimonies that could be material in resolving the assassination.
“We will keep convincing them. As of now, they are still unwilling for fear of possible reprisal by the suspects,” he added.
Solano said they had posted the computer-generated cartographic sketches of two male suspects as described by the witnesses.
Meanwhile, Naga City mayor John Bongat allayed fears of his constituents as a result of the killing, saying the broad daylight shooting dead of the Lupi mayor was “merely an isolated case.”
Appearing in a local television program in Naga City on Monday afternoon, Bongat said there was no reason for the residents to fear for their lives because the single event that took place on Saturday did not reflect the entire peace and order situation of the Bicol’s only chartered city.
“Please calm down my fellow Nagueños because what happened was merely an isolated incident that could have happened outside Naga City or elsewhere,” Bongat said in the dialect, as he also promised tighter security measures in the city, particularly on November 1.
Matamorosa was only in Naga City to have his television set repaired when he was shot by still unidentified gunman. (PNA)