THE Department of Justice (DOJ) is looking into the possibility of putting two of the suspects in the killing of Negros Oriental Governor Roel Degamo under the witness protection program (WPP).

In an interview with reporters, Justice Spokesperson Mico Clavano said they are in the process of evaluating the statements of the two suspects, whom he refused to identify yet, if they will qualify to be placed under the WPP.

Police arrested four suspects in the death of Degamo and eight others including innocent civilians over the weekend in Pamplona, Negros Oriental.

The suspects were identified as Benjie Rodriguez, Joven Calibjo Javier, Joric Labrador and Osmundo Rivero, all former members of the Philippine Army who were dismissed from the service.

Another suspect died after engaging with policemen in a gunfight during the conduct of a hot-pursuit operation.

In a press conference, Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Rodolfo Azurin Jr. said the arrested suspects have provided them vital information that they can use to pinpoint the person/s behind Degamo’s assassination.

Azurin said the arrested suspects vowed to cooperate with the ongoing investigation and to tell whatever they know about the unfortunate event.

Aside from complaints over illegal possession of firearms and ammunition, charges for multiple murder have already been filed against the suspects before the Provincial Prosecutors of Dumaguete.

Justice Undersecretary Nicholas Ty said the DOJ is coordinating with the PNP and the Department of the Interior and Local Government to transfer the suspects to the National Capital Region for protective custody. (SunStar Philippines)