Double murder raps filed vs suspects in driver’s slay

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Saturday, May 25, 2013


THE Jasaan town police filed a double murder case on Friday against alleged suspects responsible for the killing of a driver and his aide of a Jasaan jeepney liner on Wednesday evening on Bonifacio Street in Jasaan, Misamis Oriental.

Police Senior Inspector Brian Inojaldo, Jasaan town police chief, said Wilborn Cabil, 27, a resident of Zone 2, Gusa; and Alex Redoblado, 25, of Ilaya, Upper Carmen, all of Cagayan de Oro, are charged with double murder at the Provincial Prosecutor’s Office as suspects in the killing of Doniel Salla, 30, a resident of San Martin, Villanueva and Roldan Ofema Jr., 25, a resident of Fuente, Upper Jasaan.

Inojaldo said that the suspects were transferred to the Misamis Oriental Provincial Jail (MOPJ) based in Cagayan de Oro City.

Cabil and Redoblado were arrested following a brief chase by police operatives in Jasaan 30 minutes after they allegedly killed the victims.

The suspects were on board a blue YBR Yamaha motorcycle when they were arrested.

The witnesses positively described to the authorities the vehicle and the white helmet used by the suspects when they fled to the eastern part of the province.

The victims were having dinner while splitting their shares on the day’s income when they were gunned down.

Salla succumbed to a gunshot wound on his back while Ofema was hit on his neck and shoulder. They were rushed to a nearby hospital but were transferred to the Northern Mindanao Medical Center (NMMC) where they were declared dead on arrival.

Gun powder positive

Inojaldo said the suspects can’t get temporary liberty after the police recommended a “no bail bond.”

He said the suspects were positive of gun powder based on the results of their paraffin tests an hour after they were arrested.

Based on earlier reports the Jasaan police admitted they found no gun in the suspects’ possession when they were arrested.

Cabil’s earlier statement also reconciled with police admission that they carried no gun when they gave themselves up to authorities.

Still, Inojaldo said it will be the court that can determine how strong the case would be based on the evidence the police have gathered against the respondents.

The Jasaan police also admitted they have no information as to the background of the suspects and of the victims whether they have previous or pending criminal cases in court.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on May 25, 2013.

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