“Even in killing men, observe the rules of propriety.” CONFUCIUS
By Alex P. Vidal
If “Batman and Robin” were working for government as anti illegal drugs agents, drug syndicates may be starting to smell victory now that they have neutralized Batman two years after they murdered his kickback, Robin.
I’m referring to retired police Superintendent Musa Amiyong, former deputy chief of the Iloilo City Public Safety Management Company, who has been in state of comatose (as of this writing) at the intensive care unit (ICU) of St. Paul’s Hospital after being fatally shot several times on the neck by two motorcycle-riding assailants on Quirino Bridge on November 22 evening.
The attack, the third attempt on his life in four months this year, came after he left the house of his textmate, Melissa Esperonce-Aguirre alias “Love-Love”, in Lapuz at past 9 o’clock in the evening.
In an apparent squid tactic, Amiyong’s enemies–or those interested to have him liquidated–were now trying to muddle the issue by linking his attack on a supposed mysterious liaison with women. It was allegedly his first meeting with “Love Love” and the woman did not know he was a retired cop as he introduced himself as “Bebot”.
If “Love Love” did not know “Bebot” personally and met him only for the first time as she claimed, why did she spend time with him in a dinner inside “Love Love’s” house together with “Love Love’s” trusted friends, Glenda Medrocillo and Racquel Galvez?
Amiyong’s companion, known only as “Tukmol” when he visited “Love Love”, was nowhere to be found when the shooting occurred.
Iloilo City Police Office (ICPO) director, Senior Supt. Ruperto Floro, refused to speculate if the attack on Amiyong or “Batman”, a Muslim, was related to drugs or women.
The task force headed by Iloilo City Police Office (ICPO) Special Operations Group chief, Supt. Uldarico Garbanzos, continued to face a blank wall.
Amiyong, 58, is a controversial character in law enforcement. His name had been linked to illegal drugs and in the murder of a fellow cop who was an active crusader against illegal drugs, but his accusers could not pin him down on these issues for lack evidence and witnesses.
Amiyong was also once accused of harassing the political supporters of Iloilo Rep. Jerry Trenas as he was identified with former justice Secretary Raul Gonzalez Sr., whose son, Raul Jr., lost to Trenas in two successive congressional elections.
When he was active in police service, he befriended a lot of media people and made one of them as his civilian sidekick in his campaign against illegal drugs in the metropolis.
Since the murder of his radioman sidekick, Lito Jimena or “Robin”, on August 22, 2011 in E.B. Magalona, Negros Occidental, he was never the same again. He became more security conscious and would suspect everyone who stared at him as potential assassin.
On August 24, 2011, unidentified gunmen also tried to kill him while he was about to board a ferry boat back to Iloilo from Bacolod after visiting Jimena’s cadaver at the morgue of the Teresita Jalandoni Provincial Hospital in Silay City.
Jimena or “Robin” died from gunshot wounds on the head after being chased down by two hit men while riding on his motorbike.
In that 2011 incident, the suspects, believed to be cohorts of those who finished off “Robin”, spotted “Batman” in the Bacolod pier, sources reported.
The presence of policemen in the wharf alarmed the gunmen thus they decided to call off the operation, they added.
Since 2011 or even earlier than than, Batman was reportedly aware that he was being followed and also probably marked for liquidation by the same characters who murdered his civilian partner.