The investigation begins once more for six lacking individuals who had been allegedly detained on the Talamban inn by individuals posing as cops

Pol Maj Alvin Llamedo, Chief of Talamban Police Station (centre), answers questions from the media during a press conference Monday, December 5, at the CCPO’s headquarters.

CEBU CITY, Philippines – Cebu City Police are continuing to investigate the circumstances and whereabouts of six missing people who were allegedly arrested at an inn in Barangay Talamban more than two months ago by people who said they were conducting a police operation.

Pol Maj Alvin Llamedo, chief of the Talamban Police Station, said they did not resume or continue their investigation until November 29, when a complaint from relatives of two of the six missing people by staff members of Senator Raffy Tulfo’s television program was matched with them.

Llamedo said that the families of two of the six missing people asked Senator Tulfo for help on his television show in late November, more than two months after their loved ones disappeared.

Llamedo said they are still appealing to the families of the missing persons to go to the police station in person and file a formal complaint so they can launch a full investigation into the alleged kidnapping of the six people last September 26.

He said all they could do at the time was an initial investigation because they were waiting for a formal complaint to be made before they could conduct a full investigation.

First probe

Initial investigations revealed that three of the missing were women from Ozamis City.

“Our investigation is now underway. However, we persuaded the complainant to go to the police station in person to investigate further, as at the moment it appears that we have not fully followed through as there is no proper report. Because if you go to the police station, you have to file a sworn report, Llamedo said.

(At the moment our first inquiry is underway. However, we ask the complainants to go to the police station in person for further inquiries as we are unable to conduct a full investigation for the time being due to the lack of a proper report. Because if they went to the police station they would have to make a make an affidavit of complaint.)

Llamedo said they did not receive a missing persons report from staff at the inn until three days after the suspected arrest of those individuals on Sept. 26.

He said that they advised the manager to come back in 24 hours for a follow-up examination, but then the manager did not return to the police station.

Llamedo said investigators assumed the missing people were found at the time because the inn manager did not return the next day to follow up on the case.

He said they only knew those reported in September were still missing when Senator Raffy Tulfo’s staff coordinated with them because relatives of two of the six missing asked the senator on his TV show for help.

During the initial investigation in September, Llamedo said they found eight people checked into the inn on September 10, but a day later, two of them left the inn.

“The person who filed the missing person report was the manager of the inn after the 9/26 incident. According to him it’s just a missing person, it’s an alleged police operation,” Llamedo said.

(The person who filed the missing persons report was the innkeeper after the Sept. 26 incident. It was only a missing person because he said it was just a police operation.)

“During the incident, the abductees introduced themselves as police officers,” he added.

(During the incident, those allegedly kidnapped (the six people) identified themselves as police officers.)

No police action

Llamedo said they were not performing surgery at the time the kidnapping of the six people was reported.

He also said that he had inquired with other police units about any police operations in their area at the time, but they did not conduct any operations when the six people were arrested.

Again, Llamedo said they also assumed the missing people had been found because the inn manager had not returned to pursue the case.

But last November 29, relatives of two of those six missing persons sought the assistance of Senator Raffy Tulfo on his television show, where his aides coordinated with local police.

Upon receiving this, Llamedo immediately informed the CCPO Director, Police Colonel Ireneo Dalogdog.

Dalogdog further instructed Llamedo to conduct an eye inspection at the inn and gather pieces of evidence that would shed light on the incident.

Llamedo said they checked and found the inn’s security cameras weren’t working.

Nonetheless, he said, they were gathering more evidence about the six missing people who suspected police arrested at the inn in Barangay Talamban.

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