By Jel Santos
A convicted robber, and a minor on Wednesday, were apprehended for allegedly killing an Ateneo De Manila University (ADMU) student in Marikina City.
Chief Supt. Guillermo Eleazar, National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) director, identified the suspect as Jayvee “Diablo” Santos, 24. The other suspect was a 16-year-old boy.
This came after a member of the robbery group came out and spilled the beans about what happened to 24-year-old Francis De Leon.
On December 1, De Leon was found lifeless with several stab wounds while lying on the ground along J. Molina corner Blue Bird Sts. in Barangay Concepcion, Marikina City around 12:40 a.m.
The witness, who was presented to the media, said that he was about to be part of the robbery, but he did not join that night because he was frightened by a roving police car.
“Hindi po ako nakasama nung gabing ‘yun— sa Concepcion. Naharang po kasi ako ng [police ] mobile (I did not join them that night— in Concepcion. I saw a police mobile that was why I did not continue),” the witness wearing face mask and black cap told reporters.
He said that Santos offered him the Samsung phone, who police believe, was of De Leon. But he declined to buy it.
The allegations were strongly denied by Santos, saying he has witnesses that are willing to attest before the court that he was in Barangay Sta. Barbara in San Mateo. He said he was hiding there as he was wanted for robbery again.
“Maybe it was them who robbed and killed De Leon, not us. I have an alibi,” Santos said.
Santos was arrested at a checkpoint with a gun while he was aboard a motorcycle in Barangay Apitong, Marikina.
Then, in a separate operation, police nabbed the minor at his house in Barangay Tumana hours after. He is now under the custody of Marikina Social Welfare Department.
“After he was arrested, Santos admitted the crime. He was just denying now because he is in front of the media,” Eleazar said.
Santos, he said, was pointed as the leader of the robbery group.
The main suspect also confessed that he just got out of prison after serving his prison term. “I am out of prison for about four months.”
Mayor Marcelino Teodoro, who recently offered a P500, 000 bounty, said he will immediately give the reward to the witness who shed light to the unfortunate incident.
“Justice is the best thing we could give the family of Mr. De Leon,” he said.
The mayor is also eyeing to institutionalize the reward system, saying such is because of the fast identification of the suspects.
Police said that they are now hunting down the other members of the robbery group.