Killed, arrested hired guns former body guards of Indian trader

January 26, 2015 at 12:54 am Leave a comment

By Mortz C. Ortigoza
DAGUPAN CITY – The suspected hired killers who recently had an armed encounter in Barangay Lucao with the police used to be body guards of  slain controversial  big time Indian-Filipino  money lender Rajah Mirchandani, police said.
According to Superintendent Christopher Abrahano, city chief of police, the groups of Eduard Velasco Diaz and Rudy Padilla Jr. used to be the body guards and gofer of Michandani who was ambushed in Barangay Bolosan in August  last year.
The spot reports of the Philippine National Police said Diaz died in an armed encounter with the police.
But before the killing of Diaz, his group had a fire fight on January 20 with the group of Rudy Padilla Sr., 68, Rudy Padilla Jr., 33, and Reynante V. Soriano, 37, at a fishpond in Sitio Tocok, Barangay Lucao when the Padillas and Soriano were harvesting their bangus fingerlings.
One of the Padillas, according to the report, exchanged fire with them by using his licensed 9 mm pistol.
Recovered on the crime site were 24 spent shells for caliber 5.56 and three live bullets for the same gun,  three spent shells for caliber 9mm, and one spent shell for caliber .45.
As the Diaz group members were running, they were seen by pursuing policemen assigned at the nearby Centrum Gasoline Station in the same barangay.
 Although the two escaped after they crisscrossed the houses there, Arthur Ablao was found hiding and lying in a bathroom by covering himself with blanket.
During police interrogation, Ablao incriminated Edward Diaz, Ricky Diaz Velasco, Jimmy Arellano Anona and a John Doe – the driver of a tricycle – as part of the conspiracy to murder the Padillas.
Confiscated from Ablao were an M-16 Armalite rifle and .45 caliber hand gun with bullets inside.
When this city’s police led by Abrahano, the provincial intelligence office led by Supt. Rod Castro,and those from the provincial police office located the hideout of Diaz group in Sitio Abalosky in the same village they found Diaz, Velasco, and Anona just finished sniffing shabu (illegal drugs) as evidenced by the drugs’ paraphernalia and were imbibing liqueur.
Upon sensing the income lawmen Diaz, the report said, fired at them.
“One of the suspects Eduard Diaz was able to see them and immediately fired his firearm towards them prompting the police officers to retaliate that later resulted to his neutralization,” report said.

Diaz died in the hospital from three bullet shots wounds from a 9mm pistol.
A police source, who asked anonymity, showed media men the text messages from the three cellular phones seized from them.
Excerpt of the conversation between Diaz and Velasco.
“You did not hit them,” Diaz said.
“I was the one who fired first, it was a burst but we did not hit them,” Velasco retorted
“The text message sent by Diaz to Anona says” We have started it already we have to make it good the next time, “he said.
All the text messages were in Pangasinan’s dialect.

The Padillas, according to the source, are not “saint”, they are also police characters. Two of the brothers of Rudy Padilla Jr. have been involved in shooting and stabbing incidents in Barangays Tapuac and Pantal.
“Padilla Jr. even threatened to harm the police,” the source said.
He said the deceased Diaz is the younger brother of Esmael “Maing” Diaz the one who shot and killed this city’s former councilor Emilio Quinto Jr. in the mid 1990s. Quinto was suspected by the Diazes to orchestrating the assassination of their father who was an alleged hired gun here.
The father of the Diazes and the mother of Quinto were rivals in the election of the village chairmanship in Lucao.
Maeng is presently serving his prison term of murder at the National Penitentiary in Muntinlupa.

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