Farm helps eyed in congressman’s kin slay-A A +A
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
NEGROS Occidental Police Provincial Office director Milko Lirazan said the La Castellana police is looking at the possibility that some disgruntled farm helpers are allegedly behind the robbery-slay of a distant relative of Bayan Muna party-list Representative Neri Colmenares.
Lirazan said investigation showed the suspects are familiar with the place. It further indicated that the three suspects barged into the house of the victim identified as Delia Jimenez Colmenares, 54, widow at around 3 p.m. Saturday.
Lirazan said Delia died on the spot when she was shot by the suspects, who also robbed her and her two children of cash and jewelries.
Delia’s son and daughter, Antonio Jose and Ma. Famela, were also shot but they survived.
Both were declared in stable condition as of press time.
Lirazan showed the burning of a sugarcane field in the place, before the shooting, may have been diversionary tactics of the suspects, to get the attention of the neighbors of Colmenares.
He said based on the police investigation, when Delia went back to her residence after supervising those putting out the fire at the sugarcane field, two of the three suspects were already waiting for her.
Several empty shells of .45 caliber pistol were recovered at the crime scene by La Castellana policemen, who responded to the incident.
The investigation also showed that the three suspects were wearing black shirts.
Lirazan said it could not be determined yet how much of the jewelries and cash were carted away by the suspects.
He added the La Castellana police is further investigating the case.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on October 02, 2013.