Saturday, January 8, 2011

Motive behind the ambush-slay of Arayat town Councilor Francisco Balagtas Jr.

CAMP OLIVAS – Police investigators are encountering difficulties in determining the motive behind the Jan. 5 ambush-slay of Arayat town Councilor Francisco Balagtas Jr., as no witnesses have come forward to help solve the crime.

Investigators are still looking for possible witnesses who could identify the suspects in the ambush-slay of the town councilor.

Senior Supt. Petronio Retirado, director of the Pampanga Provincial Police Office, said his men are still gathering information on the killing of Balagtas but with the absence of witnesses, “it will take us hard time to identify the killers.”

“As of press time, nobody wants to stand witness“, said Retirado adding there were information that several bystanders saw the suspects during the ambush slay.

Balagtas was about to board his Ford Everest (NDO-261) parked in front of Honda Motor Sport in Barangay Plazang-Luma, Arayat town when riders-in-tandem gunmen sporting crash helmets, appeared from behind and shot him at point blank range.

Police said the victim had just emerged from the session of the municipal council held at the Patio de Sta. Lucia Resto Bar and was walking to his SUV when the suspects drove past near him and opened fire.

Meanwhile, the flag at the municipal hall of Arayat and in other government offices in the town were placed at half mast as sympathy to the fallen local official.

Mayor Luisito Espino also directed the local police to conduct an in-depth investigation on the cold-blood murder of the councilor.



barubal said...

It's a funny thing when a murderer is obliged to give his opinion about the crime or eulogy to his victim...e.g. When a Mayor is asked to comment about the killing of Councilor.

chhipa said...

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