PALO, Leyte — The Philippine National Police (PNP) regional office here is unfazed on pushing for stronger internal cleansing drive even after a police officer tagged as one of the suspects in the killing of a robber, committed suicide.

Chief Supt. Gilbert Cruz said on Sunday that Police Office 3 Eleazar Terro allegedly committed suicide inside his house in Curva village in Ormoc City.

Terro is one the police officers allegedly behind the killing of 60-year-old Lorna Soza, a suspect in stealing a smart phone in Ormoc City last August 6.

His body was found hanging in his room tied with nylon ropes. The victim was brought to Ormoc District Hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival by doctors.

“The alleged involvement of Terro and five other cops in the shooting of Soza is now under investigation. All of them were earlier relieved from their post,” Cruz said.

All police officers, except Terro, reported to the police regional command for restrictive custody, according to Cruz. A murder case was filed against them on Sept. 22.

“Only his family knows why he committed suicide, but they want to stay silent on this issue. We will also investigate the case,” Cruz added.

The police regional chief, however, assured the public that the suicide incident will not discourage them to strictly enforce the PNP internal disciplinary mechanisms.

Cruz assured the public that everybody will be treated fairly and justice will be served against those who violated the law. (Jazmin Bonifacio/PNA)