PHILIPPINE National Police Director Raul Bacalzo concluded the killing of radio broadcaster Marlina Flores-Sumera last Thursday in Malabon City was not work-related.
“Definitely, our focus is on the lot problem. It’s really the angle that the police is focusing (on),” Bacalzo told an interview at the PNP national headquarters in Camp Crame.
Previous reports had it that Sumera, of the radio DzME, is also the president of the Silonian, Sitio Rosal, Interior Tongco and the Saloma Neighborhood Association, which is embroiled in a land dispute case with another homeowners group.
“We (police establishment) cannot deny that she is a member of the media but perhaps, the reason (in her killing) is more or less related to his being a president or officer of the homeowners association,” said Bacalzo.
“Len is not hard-hitting (in her radio program, it's more of a public service show. We did not really see anybody or anything. We did not see anybody who were enraged (by her radio program, except the homeowners (angle),” added Bacalzo.
The PNP chief said investigators have leads on the suspects but did not elaborate.
Sumera was walking at an alley near her home and on her way to host her radio program when she was attacked by unidentified suspects.
“We are working on some suspects. We have some names but allow us to keep the names for the meantime. We have some names that we are working on,” said Bacalzo. (VR/Sunnex)