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Di nag-iisa si mayor? Police probing politikos from Bicol, Mindanao for links to Batocabe slay

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The police are eyeing two politikos from Bicol and Mindanao for their possible links to the killing of Ako Bicol party-list Representative Rodel Batocabe, Politiko has learned.

While the police have identified Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo as the mastermind behind the killing, a source said Bicolano Politiko (BP) and Mindanaoan Politiko (MP) have much to gain with Batocabe gone.

BP was rumored to have been worried by Batocabe’s mayoralty bid because his growing popularity might upset the political status quo in Albay.

A seasoned politiko himself, BP knew that Batocabe might aspire for higher positions later in his career if he won in 2019. BP could not afford any hitch in his plan for political domination.

MP, meanwhile, is known to be close to Baldo. Batocabe’s victory as mayor would’ve meant the end of a lucrative deal for them.

Given the attention focused on Batocabe’s killing, BP and MP could only hope that the police would not find any evidence linking them to the crime.