By Aaron Recuenco
Police killed the two alleged gunmen behind the shooting last week of a female provincial prosecutor of Oriental Mindoro in a follow-up operation in Calapan City on Monday morning.
Brig. Gen. Tomas Apolinario, director of the MIMAROPA (Mindoro Oriental and Occidental, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan) regional police, said it was the recovery of the motorcycle used by the gunmen after shooting the Mindoro Oriental Provincial Prosecutor which served as the breakthrough in the identification of three suspects, two of them were killed in a follow-up operation at around 5 a.m. on Monday in Barangay Sapul in Calapan City.
Lawyer Josephine Capio Caranzo was shot and wounded on June 10 in Calapan City. The motorcycle was recovered in Barangay Managpi in Calapan City on June 14.
Police recovered a .45 pistol believed to be the one used in the shooting, an Official Receipt/Certificate of Registration for a certain Joven Sena Umali and a pink wallet containing documents of a certain Robert Magboo.
“Umali was arrested in a follow-up operation and it was him who squealed the names of the people who carried out the attack,” Apolinario told the Manila Bulletin in a phone interview.
Apolinario said he immediately ordered for a manhunt against Magboo and Edefer Gran after being pointed to by Umali.
At around 5 a.m. Monday, the cops tracked them down.
“They immediately fired at our men after seeing them. This led to the shootout,” said Apolinario.
The two died after sustaining multiple bullet wounds in their bodies.
Asked of the motive, Apolinario said there are strong indications that the shooting of the 49-year old Caranzo is work-related.
He said they are still conducting investigation to determine which among the cases handled by Caranzo has something to do with the crime.
“The person we arrested has a little knowledge. What he only knows is the identity of the two other suspects,” said Apolinario.
“Apparently, this is a compartmentalized operation designed to protect the identity of the mastermind. But we will continue the investigation until this case is solved,” he added. (Aaron Recuenco)