BACOLOD City – The policeman accused of murdering the father and brother of self-confessed illegal drug group bagman Ricky Serenio said he is being implicated in the twin killings because he stepped on the toes of someone “powerful and influential” in southern Negros Occidental.
But Senior Police Officer 1 Joshua Barile declined to name the influential person during a press conference on June 1, 2017.
“I will name him in the proper forum,” Barile said.
Barile, who is assigned at the PNP Intelligence Group in Camp Crame, was charged by the Bacolod City Police Office last May 26, 2017 for the murders of Wilmar Serenio, 31, and Wilfredo Serenio, 53, younger brother and father of Ricky Serenio, respectively.
“I deny the charges,” Barile said.
Before his assignment to the PNP national headquarters, Barile headed the Regional Intelligence Unit in Negros Island.
Barile said Ricky Serenio himself knows who is behind the deaths of his brother and father.
He added that Serenio cannot do anything “because he is pressured and is under the protection of a well-known personality.”
When asked where he was when the Serenios were shot dead, Barile said he will also divulge the information at the proper time and forum.
He claimed that his implication in the two murder cases stemmed from several incidents involving a “very powerful and influential” person several years ago.
“It is his way of getting back at those who crossed him,” Barile added.
He cited an incident in 2008 when he filed charges against a prominent personality for illegal possession of firearms and the raid of a house in southern Negros in 2013 where numerous firearms were confiscated.
He also pointed to another a 2014 raid on a house in a plush subdivision here.
Barile said he is going to face the charges, whatever it takes.
“I will continue to fight until the last drop of my blood.”
He claimed that the police hierarchy here is “contaminated with evil, almost everyone is getting paid off.”
Barile said he will bring the issue to PNP chief Ronald de la Rosa and the Office of the President.
He urged for a separate investigation into the case by a police unit which is independent and cannot be “bought nor cowed.”
“I know after this, I will be hunted, my life and that of my family is in danger, but I will not waver, I will stand on what I believe is right.”
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