On 7 Nov Sun-Star reporter Arnel P. San Pedro published an article titled "Festival of Killings". Here he listed murders in Angeles City that have not been solved, Mentioned were Paul Raymond Atkins, David Balmer, Bruce Anthony Jones and James Bolton Porter, all Brits. Then, Geoffrey Allan Bannan, Albert Mitchell, Thomas Michael Thorpe and James Kermit Graham, Americans. He then added European Benn Diefenbacked, Korean Kang Ha Yong and a certain William Laveri. The common thread is that they were all killed in Angeles City. I mention this because, at last, someone working for the Sun-Star newspaper has taken the time to notice and write about the ineptness of the local police to solve murders or foreigners in this City. He also wrote about recent robberies and attempted robbery as well. He mentioned the City and I quote here: "Although Senior Supt. Rodolfo Recomono, ACPO Director, noted that most of the cases did not "happen under his watch", he should exert all efforts to protect the foreigners and the locals also from criminal elements. The international community knows that nothing is happening with the cases".
Ah thank you Arnel for noticing and writing about this. Yes, if you research enough you will find that most murders of foreigners are not solved. Why? Because of lack of interest and lack of funds for the police to investigate sufficiently. Unless someone comes up with the money to "assist" the police murderers simply get away with murder. Go back and check on the case of Owen Dolan, the manager of the Phoenix who was stabbed to death in his home during a robbery attempt and died in the hospital. One expat kept checking on the police and lending financial support until it became fruitless and he gave up on it. On TV in the States they have a show dealing with unsolved crimes and a special unit that works on them. My goodness, there is enough material right here in Angeles City to run a show for years.
Why go into all this? Because right now there is a murder case in which it appears that the PNP, NBI and City Prosecutors appear to be less than anxious to solve the case of the David Balmer and girlfriend double murder in their house. Allegedly two foreigners shot them while they were sleeping in their bed. A horrific crime but where is the investigation going? No where or maybe at such a slow pace that it may become another one of those unsolved crimes. I will write more on this in December.