Police digs out suspect’s body in Consolacion-A A +A
Saturday, March 23, 2013
THE body of a man who was beheaded and buried in a vacant lot in Barangay Tulo-Tulo, Consolacion was dug up by the Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) yesterday.
The head of Ramil Apa, 30, was found some two kms. away from his body.
Apa was one of the suspects in the killing of a police officer last month.
Three other suspects were arrested by the City Intelligence Branch (CIB) in Consolacion. They are Elmer Isok, 24, Norman Colina, 48, and Colina’s son Nico, 23.
Two KG-9 rifles, 357 and .38 revolvers and assorted drug paraphernalia were also recovered from the suspects’ possession.
Last week, Yolanda, the wife of Apa, a resident in Barangay Talamban, Cebu City, reported to the Homicide Section that her husband was missing since last month.
She said her husband went to Consolacion and didn’t return.
Two days ago, the CIB operatives received a tip from an informant that a man was killed and buried in Consolacion.
CIB Chief Romeo Santander said they went to the area to verify the report and recover the body.
But when they got there, they saw Colina running from the area.
“It seems he was guilty of something kay nganung modagan man siya?” said Santander.
A witness told police Norman’s group was reportedly responsible for Apa’s death.
When police entered Colina’s house, two KG-9 firearms were found inside. Police also saw Nico and Isok armed with a hand grenade and two revolvers.
The witness said Apa was buried 200 meters away from Norman’s house and provided the police with a sketch.
When the police arrived in the area, they started digging and found the body inside a sack. He was wearing short pants and T-shirt.
When Yolanda arrived in the area, he identified Apa’s body through his clothing.
With the help of Isok, Apa’s head was located.
Isok initially denied involvement in Apa’s death. But he said he was later bothered by his conscience and decided to cooperate with the police.
An investigation showed that Apa might have been killed on Feb. 13. Police received reports that Apa went to Colina’s house to talk about an important matter.
Acting CCPO Director Mariano Natuel Jr. said Apa and Norman could have an argument, which led into killing the victim.
“The crime was done by two or more suspects. It is impossible for one suspect to do all that,” said Natuel.
A jungle bolo was also confiscated from Norman’s possession, which could probably be the weapon used to behead Apa.
Apa and Colina were reportedly two of the suspects in the death of PO2 Alfred Datu.
Datu was killed in Barangay Guba, Cebu City last Feb. 12.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 23, 2013.