Several rape complaints filed vs slain drug suspect in Siargao – police

GENERAL LUNA, Siargao Islands (MindaNews/10 January) – The drug suspect slain Wednesday in this surfing capital had several rape complaints filed against him, a police official said.

Diego Bello Lafuente, 32, a Spanish national and a businessman was killed after he allegedly drew his gun and fired at police operatives who tried to arrest him during the drug buy-bust at his residence.

Lafuente, who died from several gunshot wounds, was suspected of selling cocaine.

“We have records here that the slain drug suspect had several standing rape complaints,” General Luna police station chief Capt. Wise Vicente Panuelos told MindaNews on Friday morning.`

MindaNews obtained a copy of one of the rape complaints involving Lafuente.

But Panuelos said he was surprised that not a single rape complaint was filed in court.

He said Lafuente, tagged as the number 1 drug personality in the region, had been under surveillance due to his alleged involvement in the proliferation of illegal substances.

The police official said illegal substances have proliferated in the island due to the influx of tourists.

“We do have shabu, marijuana, cocaine and party drugs in the island and we don’t tolerate this illegal trade to proliferate, not under my watch,” he added.

Panuelos urged residents to remain vigilant to make the area free of the drug menace, and those involved in the illegal drug trade to flee.

The Spanish Embassy in the Philippines was set to come Friday to General Luna to gather information on the incident.

Several friends of Lafuente said they could not believe what had happened.

“It’s an overkill and we can’t believe it,” said a friend who refused to be identified for security reasons.

Panuelos dismissed the statements of Lafuente’s friends, saying they (police) have solid evidence.

He added they are now investigating if the cocaine valued at half a billion pesos found on the shores of San Isidro, Siargao Islands last year could be traced to the slain drug suspect. (Roel N. Catoto/MindaNews)