Suspect of radioman killed in Iligan nabbed-A A +A
Friday, September 27, 2013
ILIGAN CITY -- The city police nabbed a high profile suspect charged with several murder cases in this city.
Iligan City Mayor Celso Regencia told Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro that police arrested Anecito “Bing” Galvez an alleged gun for hire and Iligan’s most wanted.
One of the cases filed against Galvez was the attempted murder of journalist Jose “Joe” Cagalawan Pantoja, a radio broadcaster in Iligan City. Pantoja was shot on October 8, 2007 in broad daylight after he left his daughter at school.
Regencia said Galvez was also identified as one of the main suspects that allegedly shot and killed Fernando" Nanding" Solijon, a radio commentator. Solijon was shot in Barangay Buru-un on August 29. Two gunmen riding a motorcycle shot Solijon. [Read related story]
However, National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in Iligan City chief Alex Cabornay said, "he was dismayed over the police’s apprehension since Galvez was not presented to his office prior to Galvez’s interrogation at the police office here."
"Our interest on the suspect is vital to the solution of Solijon's killing,” Cabornay added.
Based on the NBI’s probe, the motorcycle-riding suspects were waiting for Solijon to come down from a house located on an elevated side of a hill. That evening, he had a drink with a new radio colleague, Alvin Suan.
While on the prowl for Solijon, the two bought two cans of sardines in a nearby store, hence, several people remembered their faces.
The two cans were found near the cemented footsteps leading to the house of Suan.
Probers also recovered the face mask used by the trigger man 50 meters away from where Solijon slumped after the shooting.
Witnesses told the NBI the getaway motorcycle was not able to start immediately, and in the process of troubleshooting, the face mask fell off.
Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro tried to reach Pantoja Thursday through his mobile phones, but failed.
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on September 27, 2013.