Somera, Navotas exec killers: same suspects

THE POLICE’S Special Investigation Task Group Somera (SITG-Somera) on Wednesday said that it had made a breakthrough on the case of the slain dzME broadcaster, Maria “Len” Flores Somera.

At the same time, authorities are raising the reward to P450,000 for any information that could lead to the arrest of the suspects that gunned down the lady broadcaster in Malabon City last March 24.

Philippine National Police (PNP) spokesman, Chief Supt. Agrimero Cruz Jr., said probers sees “land conflict” as the motive behind the killing of Sumera who happened to be the president of the homeowners association in their locality in Maysilo, Malabon City.

Cruz said investigators found the breakthrough on the Somera’s case after learning the “modus operandi” used by the suspects is also the same used in the killing of Edwin Abella, barangay captain of North Bay Boulevard South, Navotas who was killed last March 15.

It was learned that the gruesome killing of Abella and Somera was perpetrated by four suspects, three male and one female, where the gunman in both killings picked-up the emptyshells before fleeing the crime scene, the PNP spokesman said.

The four suspects were identified as members of the Partisano Gitnang Luzon (PGL) whose alleged leader, Carlos Alejandro, was already charged with a murder case by SITG-Sumera, together with aliases “Al Pilay”, “Rosa”, “Rene” and “Pangit”.

Intelligence operatives later verified and validated said claim by the PGL on the murder of the barangay captain.

On April 4, the murder case was charged against the same suspects at Navotas City Prosecutor’s Office for the killing of Barangay Capt. Abella.

The PNP spokesman said the cases of Abella and Somera have a common suspect during the actual commision of the crime identified only as “Ka Rosa”, the lone female suspect on both killings.

Director Arturo Cacdac, also the Task Force Usig Commander said that the breakthrough will serve as the lead in the conduct of follow-up investigations by police agents.

Cacdac also revealed that the PNP had already raised the bounty offered for any operation that would lead to the killers of Sumera to P450,000 as they had already formed seven tracker teams from the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) and the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG).

Cacdac said, “the bounty could go up to P500,000 as long as we can get the information that will led us to the masterminds and killers of Somera as well as Abella.”

The Task Force Usig commander also disclosed that an anonymous letter sent to the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) is being verified and validated by NCRPO agents which could also shed light on the murder of the dzME anchorwoman.

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