CIDC files murder charges vs lady board member, 3 others in Abra

BENGUED, Abra  – Investigators from the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group’s (CIDG) in Cordillera Region  filed murder charges last Friday against a lady provincial board member and three others tagged in the killing of a 26-year-old Swiss-Filipino in the said province.

In his report to CIDG director, Police Director Samuel D Pagdilao Jr., Cordillera CIDG chief, Police Senior Superintendent Pedro Austria, Jr. said the CIDG has finally solved the killing of Marc Gerald Alfred Aubord, a Swiss-Filipino National and a resident of Sitio Dumiguiay, Brgy Caupasan, Danglas, Abra.

Austria said that the murder case of Aubord is considered a “cold case” because local police have not yet solved the case to the extent of properly indicting charges against the suspects in court. Cold cases are violent or heinous crimes, such as murder or rape which unlike unsolved minor crimes are generally not subject to a statute of limitations.

Aubord’s case is the third cold case the CIDG in Cordillera has solved this year with the murder case of Michael Bernal in Bengued, Abra as the first to be solved last March and the murder of forester Kennedy Bayani in Luna, Apayao as the second to be solved last May.

Austria said that finally last Friday, the CIDG filed murder raps against Abra Provincial Board Member Ma. Elena Jenkins alias Gina, Bartolome Sebastian alias Bart and a certain alias Joseph, and Isikiel Panabang alias Sikil at the Abra Provincial Prosecution Office, in Bangued, Abra.

The case is docketed under NPS Case No. 1-06-INV-12F-00162. Records of the case disclosed that around 10:30pm of November 23, 2011 the victim, Aubord, was traversing Calaba Bridge towards east direction driving his Honda CBR 110 motorcycle bearing plate number 6865-AF when suddenly shot by unidentified assailants in the head.

Responding policemen of Bangued Municipal Police Station immediately rushed the said victim to the Abra Provincial Hospital for medical treatment but he was pronounced dead on arrival by the doctors. The suspect fled after the shootout while police have recovered an empty shell from a caliber .45 pistol.

Accounts given by several witnesses points to Board Member Jenkins as the author and financier in the killing Aubord, while Sebastian and a certain alias Joseph were tagged as gunmen who were paid by Board Member Jenkins. Panabang was included as the one who identified and pinpointed the young Aubord to the gunmen.

One of the witness recounted to the CIDG investigators that he saw the arrival of two male suspects at the house of SPM Jenkins in the morning of November 23, 2011 in Brgy. Calaba, Bangued, Abra. One of them was called by Jenkins as “Bart” and the three talked on how to execute the killing of Marc Aubord.

The witness added that Jenkins handed the cash to Bart with stern presage that the victim should die according to plan. Gemma Franco, common-law wife of Aubord’s father, Gerald, and elder sister of Board Member Jenkins, stated that on May 22, 2012 at around 9:30, Panabang went to their house and the latter bursts and narrated the details he know about the death of Marc.

Panabang said he tried to help Marc by warning him but the latter ignored him as if it was only a joke. Panabang admitted he was at the bridge when Marc was shot by Bart and his companion.

He also confessed that SPM Jenkins has masterminded the killing. Panabang’s story was recorded by Gemma on her cellular phone.

Police Inspector Elmer Roberto S Balaba of Abra CIDG Office said the killing of Aubord stemmed from the seething dispute between the sisters Gemma Franco and her sister Board Member Jenkins over properties issue.

Balaba said that Ms. Franco used to be very supportive of her younger sister Jenkins but this support began to wane when the former met and began living with the Swiss-man.

This prompted Jenkins to focus his fury towards the Swiss common law husband of her sister. Wishing the Swiss to leave Abra for good, Jenkins ordered the killing of the son of Gerald, Marc, because the young Aubord is an easier target than his father.

Austria said after the CIDG have made careful evaluation on the records of investigation particularly those aforementioned statements given by witnesses and other material and physical evidences on hand, the CIDG strongly believe that SPM Jenkins and the three others are responsible for the killing of the victim Aubord.

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