GENERAL SANTOS CITY — At least four people, including the alleged gunman, were placed under police custody in connection with the Maundy Thursday killing of newspaper columnist Marlene Esperat in Tacurong City, Sultan Kudarat.
According to local police sources, the suspects’ arrest came after Randy Grecia, the alleged lookout in the killing, surrendered to authorities.
Through the help of Grecia, operatives of Task Force Esperat, led by Superintendent Danilo Galapon, Region 12 chief of the PNP-Criminal Investigation and Detection, Group (CIDG), arrested the three other suspects in Asuncion, Davao del Norte last Friday.
The three were identified as Jerry Cabayog, the alleged gunman; Rowie Burcia and Estanislao Bismanos.
Burcia, said to be a military intelligence agent, allegedly contracted Bismanos to liquidate Esperat for P120,000. [approx $2150.00 at current exchange rates – ed]
Wow, that’s 2 cases possibly solved out of 66 in 19 years! And note it took a surrender by one of the perps to make any progress in this case. You can read more on this and other unsolved murders of local journalists at the preceeding link and on the PCIJ weblog.
It’s also interesting to observe how fast Philippine justice moves when politics is involved.
Guilty as charged.
Three days after victimizing a Belgian delegate to the 112th Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) general assembly, a tricycle driver was found guilty beyond reasonable doubt of robbery and slight physical injuries by a Pasay City court yesterday afternoon.
The promulgation came a few hours after Victorio Mallari pleaded “not guilty” during his arraignment in the morning.
In a four-page decision, Pasay RTC Branch 118 Judge Pedro Corales sentenced Mallari to four years and 20 days up to a maximum of eight years imprisonment for robbing Georges Brion, assistant secretary general of Belgium’s parliament. The robbery was perpetrated in tandem with a certain “Jess” on a side street near the Pasay City Hall at dawn last Tuesday.
Can’t have these petty thieves running around Manila. Not when it can impact the WOW Philippines program and effect tourism to the island nation. Strange no?
Rob a visiting delegate to a conference and the gavel of justice comes down hard and swift! Kill a local journalist and the perp runs a .03% (do the math, 2 out of 66 in 19 years) chance of being caught.