Loose firearms used in N. Ecija mayor slay

MANILA The firearms used in the murder of General Tinio, Nueva Ecija Mayor Ferdinand Bote were unregistered, Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Oscar Albayalde said Thursday.

"They were not registered but I don't know with the other firearms, which were recovered because there were so many. If I am not mistaken, around 4 to 8 firearms yung na-recover doon at halos karamihan ay (were recovered and most of them are) caliber 45," Albayalde told reporters.

The PNP chief said thed two suspects nabbed in Camarines Sur have admitted their participation in the attack.

"(W)e are confident, yung isa (one of them), accordingly, nag-confess na siya ang (he confessed that he was the) shooter and even the other one, although hindi siya (he was not) assisted by a counsel. Yung isa (One of them), si (Florencio) Suarez, pero si (but) (Roberto) Gumacay admitted in front of counsel," the PNP chief said.

The suspects claimed they were hired for the attack and has implicated more persons, Albayalde said.

"(T)hat's why yung binanggit niyang tao (the person whom he mentioned) which we cannot name right now is a subject of our manhunt. He is now a person of interest," the PNP chief said, reiterating the possibility of business rivalry as motive in the killing.

Meanwhile, the PNP chief said that they also have strong leads on the case of Tanauan City, Batangas Mayor Antonio Halili but did not divulge details in the meantime.

Albayalde said they are presently working to trace the original owners - through the vehicle identification number and engine numbers - of a recovered Toyota pick-up truck supposedly used by attackers of Trece Martires City, Cavite Vice Mayor Alexander Lubigan.

The PNP chief said they are eyeing the possibility that politics was the cause of the recent killings of Lubigan and Sapa Sapa, Tawi-Tawi Vice Mayor Al-Rashid Mohammad Ali.

"Nakita naman natin yung kay Mayor Bote of all indications, walang kinalaman sa (We saw that Mayor Bote's killing, based on all indications, has nothing to do with) politics. The only strong indication that we have which involve politics (is) yung dalawang (the two) vice mayors, for that matter, sa (in) Tawi Tawi at (and) Trece Martires. Yung kay (As for) Mayor Halili, hindi pa naman tayo confident or eksakto na masabi na yan ay (we can't still be confident or verify that the case is) election-related or politically motivated," Albayalde said. (PNA)

Source: Philippine News Agency