CCTVs track businessman’s killers

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Sunday, June 8, 2014

DAVAO City’s high-resolution CCTVs installed in key areas have tracked the killers of businessman Ramon Teodoro Garcia, 67, that led to their arrest less than 24 hours after the businessman disappeared.

Charges of robbery with homicide will be filed against the suspects today.

"Daghan camera diri sa Davao City. We even checked the Facebook of Cachapero who was reportedly with the victim. I already told you, kamo tanan man naa man moy Facebook o wala, ayaw jud mo paglimod. Diba giingnan ta mo na mangutot pa lang mo mahibalo-an nanako. Ayaw gyud mo pagbuhat ug dili mayo diri kay mabal-an jud nako (The city is full of cameras. You cannot deny your actions. I’ve already told you before even if you just fart here, I will know. Don’t commit crimes here because I will know)," Davao City Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte said.


The victim, president of the Nanay Bebeng Culinary Enterprises Incorporation and operator of Nanay Bebeng’s chain of restaurants, and resident of Las Terrazas in Ma-a in Davao City, was last seen with the suspects along Sparrow Street in Ecoland Subdivision way past midnight Friday by a witness who positively identified the two as the ones in Garcia’s vehicle.

The two, Daisy Joy Supatan Cachapero, alias Angel, 27, a golf umbrella girl, and her boyfriend Ariel John Jamora Liawan, alias Jan-Jan, 23, both residents of Purok 13 in Barangay Poblacion in Sulop town in Davao del Sur, are accused of killing Garcia as the businessman was bringing the woman to her house.

The victim and Cachapero were last seen at a hotel bar in Davao City on Thursday night when the victim offered Cachapero a ride home. Along Sparrow Street, the boyfriend saw Cachapero in Garcia’s vehicle, boarded the vehicle and threatened the latter with a knife.

It was said that the young man panicked when a tricycle passed by, he stabbed the victim.

The two decided drove off and tried to dispose of the body.

Garcia’s body, which bore multiple stab wounds and his mouth sealed with masking tape, was found in a 20-meter deep cliff at Sitio Baluyan in Barangay Bolton in Malalag town in Davao del Sur around 9 a.m. Friday.


Davao del Sur Provincial Police Office (DSSPO) director Senior Supt. Michael John Dubria told Sun.Star Davao that personnel of the Davao City Police Office (DCPO) and Talomo Police Station in coordination with Malalag Municipal police and Sulop Municipal police arrested the suspects between 12 midnight to 2 a.m. on Saturday.

"It's around 11 p.m. Friday when Chief Inspector [Alfredo] Santillana [from the Talomo police] coordinated with this office for the identification of the cadaver found in Malalag town… Information revealed that the two suspects were sighted in Sulop town, that’s the time we conducted our pursuit operation," Dubria said.

Dubria said the suspects were brought to Malalag Municipal Police Station and Sulop Municipal Police Station for their arrests to be recorded before being turned over to the DCPO, where the two faced DCPO director Senior Supt. Vicente Danao Jr. They were then presented to the mayor at the ABS-CBN studio where the mayor had a function.

Liawan’s arm had burn marks from torching Garcia’s Toyota Innova at Sitio Dalangdang in Barangay Nagpan in Malungon, Sarangaani Province on Friday.

Around 4 a.m. Saturday, Danao with the aid of the Barangay Poblacion chair Tagud Hernan of Sulop town, recovered several belongings of the victim, such as a Hotkissmaong pants, an iPhone, a sling pouch with gold necklace, a silver necklace, Timex watch, a Swiss army knife, and Samsung earphone from the house of Daisy’s mother.

The police also recovered a drug test result of Liawan, a green sling pouch with Union Bank E-Wallet card of the victim, P24,420 cash, an SM Advantage card owned by Daisy, and a pair of earrings.

By 2 p.m. Saturday, police recovered the gold bracelet of the victim, which was pawned by Liawan at a pawnshop along C.M. Recto Street in Davao City.

Duterte, in his television program "GikansaMasa, Para saMasa" on Sunday, said the case on Garcia's death is solved following the arrest of the two suspects.

The city mayor earlier ordered the Davao City Police Office and Task Force Davao (TFD) to look for the victim, after the latter was reportedly missing. The suspects were immediately arrested through follow-up investigation and a joint pursuit operation of the police authorities.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on June 09, 2014.

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