2 suspects in killing of policeman nabbed-A A +A
Friday, December 13, 2013
TWO men who were allegedly involved in the fatal shooting of a policeman in Carcar City, Cebu was arrested by police last Thursday morning.
Marvin Binoya, 31, and Juanito Linggatong, 38, were caught inside a house in Sitio Relis, Barangay Poblacion I at 10 a.m.
SPO1 Jorame Tanudtanud, police investigator of Carcar City Police Station, said the two were identified by the brother of PO1 Felicisimo Unabia Jr. through a footage of a closed-circuit television (CCTV) camera.
Binoya served as the motorcycle driver while Linggatong acted as a lookout. A complaint of murder was filed against them. They also underwent a paraffin test yesterday to determine the presence of gun powder.
Tanudtanud, when interviewed by Sun.Star Cebu, said they are now following three men, including the one who acted as gunman.
Based on the footage, Unabia was waiting for a passenger bus on Jose P. Rizal St., in Barangay Poblacion II when the attack took place at 8:40 p.m.
Unabia was on his way to Cebu City to report for duty. He was assigned in Mobile Patrol Group (MPG) of Cebu City Police Office (CCPO).
Tanudtanud said three men, including Linggatong, were seen observing Unabia who was busy texting.
Linggatong approached Unabia, pulled out a flashlight and turned it on as if he was giving a signal.
Binoya, together with another man, drove the motorcycle. When they passed by at Unabia, they shot the policeman at close-range.
Tanudtanud said Binoya also took part in shooting Unabia, contrary to an report that it was only the passenger who killed the policeman.
During their arrest, Binoya and Linggatong resisted and was later subdued. Nothing, including the gun used in the crime, was recovered from them.
Tanudtanud said they are now checking the background of the two men if they have criminal records. Binoya is from Carcar City while Linggatong is from Butuan City.
When interviewed by police, Binoya and Linggatong denied taking part in the crime. They were also reportedly uncooperative.
“We are now trying to link if there was someone who ordered them to kill Unabia,” Tanudtanud said. Personal grudge is still being considered as motive of the incident.
As a sign of respect for the slain policeman, the flag in Camp Sotero Cabahug was flown at half-staff yesterday.
“This is in sympathy to Unabia’s family,” said Chief Insp. Enrique Belciña, head of CCPO’s Police Community Relations (PCR).
Belciña said policemen should not be discouraged because of the incident.
“We just need to be careful, especially during operations,” he said.
Meanwhile, a change of command also took place in Carcar City Police Station yesterday following the relief of Supt. Ricky Delilis, the city police chief.
Delilis, who served in the post for almost 1 months, was replaced by Chief Insp. Teodulfo Manatad III as temporary officer-in-charge.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on December 14, 2013.