The Criminal Investigation and Detection Group reassure the public and families of the 34 missing cockfighting aficionados that its investigation is ongoing and will continue until such time that the 8 cases are resolved and victims are found.
As soon as the newly installed Director of the CIDG, PBGen Ronald O Lee assumed the position, one of his priorities is the continuous investigation of the missing victims that he immediately called for a case conference last August 17, 2022 for updates and developments on the said cases.
Updates from the victims’ families, they received calls offering them a sum of money in exchange for not pursuing the case or giving up on searching for their missing loved ones. The CIDG is validating the calls and the numbers used by the callers; however, these numbers could not be reached or contacted anymore.
"Sa pamamagitan ng ating patuloy na pakikipag-ugnayan sa mga pamilya ng mga nawawalang sabungero, buo ang kanilang suporta sa imbestigasyon at ang aming laban sa mga salarin ay hindi maiimpluwensyahan ng anumang bagay at ninuman", says CIDG Director.
As of now, the CIDG awaits the resolution of the two (2) cases filed before the Department of Justice, the Manila Arena case against eight (8) identified persons and several John Does and the Ricardo Lasco abduction case against five (5) police personnel and other John Does.
"Binibigyang priyoridad din natin ngayon ang pagkakilanlan ng lalaking nakuhanan ng CCTV habang nag-withdraw ng pera mula sa ATM account ni Melbert John Santos, isa sa mga nawawalang sabungero sa Sta. Cruz Laguna," the Director added.
The new leadership of the CIDG encourages possible witnesses and those who know about the incident to voluntarily come forward and reveal what they know for the immediate resolution of this case.