Cotabato City - Retired PNP Officer, Col Rolen Balquin, 60 years old, former City Director of Cotabato City and currently employed by the city as Public Safety and Order Department Head who retired in 2017 in PRO 12 was gunned down at about 9:15 AM in front of MR MOUSSETACHE MILK TEAHOUSE, Sinsuat Avenue, MBRH, Cotabato City.
Wounded during the incident was his companion, an active PNP personnel assigned at City Investigation Unit. They were invited accordingly to grace the opening of the TEAHOUSE when immediately, upon arrival at the said place, they were shot by a lone gunman in close proximity, and afterward the suspect walked towards a waiting motorcycle and fled southbound.
In the afternoon at 1:30 PM of the same date, a case conference was conducted with CIDG-FU BAR, RIU, JTF Kutawato, and CCPO to discuss all possible angles of the incident. Our investigators are now waiting for the wounded PNP officer who just got out of the operating room for a stomach gunshot wound to get his statement and possible identity of the suspects. Other investigators are also backtracking the incident thru identified CCTV cameras for the possible identity of the suspects.
The investigators on case recovered ten (10) pieces fired cartridge cases of caliber .45 at the crime scene, while three (3) pieces fired bullets and one (1) cartridge case of the same caliber were recovered inside the victims' vehicle.
Motive on the incident is yet to be determined as thorough investigation is now being conducted.
PBGEN Arthur R Cabalona, RD, PRO BAR, strongly condemns this blatant act of violence that resulted to the killing of the Public Safety and Order Department Head and wounding of a PNP member in broad daylight. We appeal to whoever may have witnessed the incident to help our investigators identify the suspect for the proper resolution of this case.