By Niño Luces
DAET, Camarines Norte – The provincial government of Camarines Norte is offering a P200,000 bounty to anyone who can give information that will lead to the arrest of the killer of a Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) agent.
Governor Edgardo “Egay” Tallado said the provincial government will give the monetary reward to whoever has the correct information that will lead to the capture of the perpetrators in the brutal killing of PDEA Agent Enrico Barba.
“The provincial government of Camarines Norte condemns the murder of Agent Enrico Barba. As the head of this province, we reiterate our commitment to human rights. Likewise, we reaffirm our moral leadership in the province and we cannot just let such barbaric act go unanswered,” Tallado said.
“While it is true that we support the administration’s war on drugs, we are also one with the national government in its efforts to demand accountability to anyone who is found liable under the law,” the governor added.
Barba was earlier reported missing at noon of February 17. At about 8 p.m. on February 18, his body was found in a canal in Lupi, Camarines Sur, with tell-tale signs he was tortured before he was shot to death.
Agent Barba’s hands were wrapped with packaging tape while a cardboard with the message: “Wag tularan, tulak ako,” was found in his pocket.
PDEA Bicol regional director Christian Frivaldo denied allegations the slain agent is a “pusher,” describing him as a good man and dedicated to his job.