CATHERINE CAMILON CASE – Cop Tagged as Prime Suspect Dismissed from Service

Cop Tagged as Prime Suspect in Disappearance of Catherine Camilon has been Dismissed

POLICE MAJOR ALLAN DE CASTRO – The main suspect in the disappearance of beauty queen Catherine Camilon, has been dismissed from service, as announced by Police Regional Office 4A (PRO 4A) on Thursday.

PRO 4A spokesperson Lucas revealed the dismissal during a press briefing, stating that it was effective from January 16, 2024. This decision followed a thorough investigation conducted by the Regional Internal Affairs Service 4A, and it was based on De Castro’s conduct deemed unfit for a police officer. The specific reason mentioned was his alleged involvement in illicit and extramarital affairs with Camilon.

De Castro, along with his driver-bodyguard Jeffrey Magpantay and two unidentified individuals, faces charges of kidnapping and serious illegal detention in connection with Camilon’s disappearance. While Camilon has not been located, investigators express concerns about her well-being, suggesting that she may be deceased based on witness accounts.

Police Major Nilo Morallos, the deputy chief of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) 4A, stated that they are uncertain about Camilon’s fate but have received indications pointing towards a tragic outcome, according to witness statements.

The case gained attention when Camilon’s sister Chin-chin sought help on social media to find her sister on October 16. Camilon was officially declared missing five days later, with reports emerging of her alleged relationship with De Castro. The latter denies being the person Camilon was supposed to meet on the day of her disappearance.

De Castro, who reportedly provided Camilon with the vehicle she was last seen in, was captured on CCTV footage passing through Batangas towns on October 12. Witnesses claimed to have seen Camilon, bloodied, being transferred from her car to another vehicle that day, with Magpantay present.

The police later found Camilon’s vehicle, and DNA analysis confirmed the recovered hair and blood matched her parents’ DNA profile. A reward of P250,000, sourced from Batangas Vice Governor Mark Leviste, the Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Commission, and the business sector, is offered for information leading to Camilon’s whereabouts.

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