Murder suspect charged in court, still at large

May 20, 2012 at 9:36 pm Leave a comment

‘We will leave no stone
unturned in the pursuit
of justice for the victims
ALAMINOS CITY—Three counts of murder has now been filed in court against Aaron Mansongayan, a Muslim, for allegedly shooting to death, last May 14, three teenagers in barangay Bisocol here.
Supt.Rolie Saltat said that the case, which was filed on May 16 by the families of the victims at the city prosecutor’s office, is strong enough to secure a conviction of Mansongayan, who, however, as of press time, is still at large.
He said that at least four persons stood as witnesses, including the brother-in-law of the suspect, to the crime that claimed the lives of Wilcyn Ramiscal Palecpec, 19, a graduating nursing student; Sonny Escartin Asia, 18, and John David Paje Alamanzor, 13, all residents of barangay Bisocol.
Earlier, Mayor Hernani Braganza ordered the police to exhaust all its efforts to solve the killings in the soonest possible time.
“We will leave no stone unturned until justice is served to the victims and their families of this senseless crime,” the mayor said.
Mansongayan was given by the police an ultimatum until May 17, following his relatives’ appeal to give them more time to work for the suspect’s surrender.
A massive manhunt operation will be carried out right after the ultimatum’s expiration.
Saltat said that based on intelligence information, the suspect has gone into hiding somewhere in Zambales, where he allegedly has also a police record.
Meanwhile, Mayor Braganza appealed to pranksters to stop circulating text messages insinuating that the crime committed was brought about by a problem of two religions as he reassured that the relationship between the Muslim community and the local leaders was not strained by the incident.
The mayor expressed sadness over what he described as “unusual successive crime incidents” which according to him happened in the span of at least two months.
“Nakakalungkot po na pagkatapos po ng walong taon nating paninilbihan bilang alkalde, dumating po ang problemang ito na parang pakyawan,” he said.
On March 8-22, five more incidents took place which caused temporary tension among residents of the city.
“Na-solve na po ng ating kapulisan ang tatlo sa limang magkakahiwalay na insidente ng krimen sa lungsod matapos mahuli at masampahan na rin ng kaso ang mga pinaghihinalaang nasa likod nito,” the mayor said.
The police have already leads but are still waiting for more witnesses for the two remaining incidents before filing cases against the suspected culprits.
Braganza justified the putting up of checkpoints in the entry and exit points of the city saying that it has proven to be an effective deterrent of all forms of criminality like murder and the transportation of illegal drugs and illegal gambling.
“Mali po yong nagsasabi na may martial law sa Alaminos,” the mayor said as he assured his constituents that the spate of crimes was not perpetrated by organized crime groups.

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