Mark Edison Belarma, regional head of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG).Belarma
had earlier told the media that his
men, headed by Batangas CIDT deputy Sr. Insp.Reymundo Perlado and PO1 Francisco Argente, were checking on the alleged presence of armed men causing trouble inside the bar in Bgy.Cawit, when attacked by the suspects.
One of the victims, a certain Argente, was declared dead on arrival at the Taal Polymedic Hospital
There were reports that Cabrera
and some town councilors were at the crime scene, but Belarma
said an investigation was ongoing.