Justice served?

By: Nelson Bolos

After almost 3 months of seeking justice, the family of slain National Bureau of Investigation officer Laverne Vitug, entered into a “P1 Million settlement” with the “killer-colleague” April 12, 2017.

Vitug, a security officer of the NBI Tarlac office, was shot dead at the parking lot of the Triple 888 Cockpit Arena in Capas town last January 26.

The suspect who was charged with murder was identified as another NBI official from Manila, Atty. Boy De Castro.

After the shooting, De Castro was able to elude arrest and remained at large.
The out-of-court settlement was approved by an official of the Tarlac Prosecutor Office whose name was requested withheld.

According to the source, the “settlement meeting” was held at the prosecutor’s office and was attended by Vitug’s wife and his siblings who received the settlement money.

The source who also requested not to be named also said, “Wala ng galit sa mga mukha ng mga pamilya ni Bernie (Vitug), lungkot na lang. Mukhang tanggap na tanggap na nila ang nangyari sa kanya”.

Quoting police reports, the misunderstanding between the 2 NBI officers who apparently do not each other started when De Castro approached and reprimanded Vitug for wearing an NBI uniform while betting in the cockpit arena.

Vitug was allegedly irked and demanded from De Castro to show his NBI badge which led to a heated altercation. At the Triple 888 parking lot, Vitug was said to have drawn his revolver gun to force De Castro for his badge.

But when De Castro was about to leave, the police report says Vitug poked his gun to him.
De Castro then alighted from his car and hurled his NBI badge and shot Vitug 3 times.

De Castro fled after his shooting while Vitug was rushed to the hospital but was pronounced dead-on-arrival.
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