Saturday, February 15, 2014
Octogenarian murder witness murdered on Valentine’s Day in NE
CABANATUAN CITY, Nueva Ecija – An octogenarian witness in a murder case 18 years ago was shot dead right on Valentine’s Day by a long assassin in Gabaldon, Nueva Ecija, three days before he was to take the witness stand against an accused in the case.
Senior Superintendent Crizaldo Nieves, provincial police director, identified the victim as Alfredo Manawis, 82, of Purok Sampaguita, Barangay Calabasa, Gabaldon.
The killing was perpetrated at around 12:30 pm Friday when Manawis, a widower, was watching television inside his house.
Senior Inspector Rodolfo Racho, Gabaldon police chief, said the suspect shot him point-blank in the head in an unknown firearm then fled towards the south direction in nearby Dingalan, Aurora aboard an unlicensed black Mio Yamaha motorcycle.
Racho said the gunman was described as 5’ 8” in height, medium built, wearing long sleeves, maong pants and a ball cap.
Manawis was rushed to the Gabaldon Community Hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival.
Racho said the killing may have been triggered by the murder case involving a certain Apolinario Lazaro who was shot dead on February 20,1996. Lazaro’s nephew Orlando Lazaro Jr. was tagged for the killing which motive was reportedly due to a land dispute.
Orlando was later detained at the provincial jail in Barangay Caalibangbangan this city in connection with the crime.
SP01 Arnold B Barrogo, officer-on-case, said Manawis is a witness in Apolinario’s killing. He said Manawis was to take the witness stand on Monday to testify against Orlando.
He added that Orlando was also being linked to the September 20,2012 killing of Apolinario’s brother Feliciano. – Manny Galvez
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