On Death and on Death Row-A A +A
By DP Limlingan
Monday, November 4, 2013
ON WEDNESDAY last week, a murder has been committed when a prominent businessman was shot dead in Sapa, Sto. Tomas town.
Anastacio Basilio succumbed to multiple gunshot wounds in his body after motorcycle-riding assailants peppered him with bullets. He was with his wife when the crime was committed. The couple just came from a bank after they withdrew some undetermined amount of cash that were kept in a black bag.
After the killing of the victim, the assassins grabbed the bag containing the money and immediately left. The crime happened in front of the couple’s residence at noon. Bystanders tried to save the life of Basilio. They took him to a hospital in the said town before he was rushed to another hospital in the City of San Fernando where he died.
The crime apparently involved robbery, although the police have yet to identify the real motive of the suspects behind the killing.
Sto. Tomas Mayor Joselito Naguit immediately ordered a manhunt for the suspects and condemned the killing. He ordered the local police to fast-track the investigation and resolve the crime the soonest time possible.
Meanwhile, the Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. (PamCham), strongly condemned the senseless killing of Basilio and called on local authorities and officials to stop the rising number of criminal incidents in the province that involves businessmen.
Traders are favorite preys of criminals because of their riches. They are either robbed on the spot or the robbers plan to take what they have. In the case of Basilio, the couple must have been tailed from the bank to their residence where the crime was perpetrated.
Criminals have intelligence networks too that feed information about their potential victims. While there are instant victims in some incidents, many are victimized by criminals who have planned their heist against them. They have spotters too who look for people whom they can victimize.
The recent incident was evidently planned and perpetrated by hardened crooks, professionals in killing their victims. What is saddening and condemnable is the fact that Basilio was already in the twilight of his life when felled by bullets from heartless criminal elements. He was 74.
The government is again attempting to seek extension for the deadline imposed for the payment of blood money to the family of a Sudanese landlord who was killed by a Filipino, Joselito Zapanta. The deadline has expired last Sunday, November 3.
Zapanta, who hails from Cabetican, Bacolor is a Kapampangan.
It can be recalled that the deadline for the payment of the money was already extended a couple of times as a result of the Philippine government’s plea to be given additional time to raise money for the payment.
The life of Zapanta hangs on the line. Without the payment, he will be executed as a punishment for the act that he said was self-defense. As of this writing, the government is exerting efforts to somehow hold in abeyance the payment of blood money to stay the execution of Zapanta.
Aside from the money that we need to raise, we need more prayers too that will somehow make things happen. Prayers can move mountains and perhaps can make Zapanta's life be spared.
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Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on November 05, 2013.