Slain model-TV talent's family cannot forgive suspects

The relatives of murdered model-TV talent Julie Ann Rodelas cannot forgive the suspected masterminds behind her killing, even as they plan to bury her this coming Saturday.

Rodelas' brother Alvin said they were particularly sore at suspected mastermind Althea Altamirano, one of at least four suspects now in police custody for the murder.

"Best friend, kapatid ng aking kapatid, tapos ginawa sa kapatid ko. ‘Pag pinatawad namin mabubuhay pa ba kapatid ko?" Alvin said in an interview aired on dzBB radio early Monday.

He said they plan to bury Julie Ann on Saturday, November 17.

A separate report on dzRH radio quoted Rodelas' mother Luz as saying that had the victim survived, she might have forgiven Altamirano.

Julie Ann, 20, was pushed from a sport-utility vehicle and shot several times in Cubao, Quezon City last November 6.

Members of Rodelas' family went to Camp Karingal in Quezon City for a ceremony where the investigators who cracked the case were to be feted Monday morning.

Police are preparing charges of murder and illegal possession of firearms against Altamirano, her boyfriend Fernando Quiambao Jr., and two others.

At least two other suspects are now the subjects of a search, while another suspect was shot dead in an encounter with police last weekend.

Alvin said they went to the Quezon City police headquarters last weekend, after learning Altamirano and Quiambao were in police custody Saturday evening.

He said that when he confronted Altamirano, she kept weeping and saying, "Sorry po, sorry po, sorry po."

"Wala siyang inamin. Umiyak ng umiyak. ‘Sorry po, sorry po sorry po.’ Galit na galit kami. Ang sorry niya hindi mababalik buhay ng kapatid ko," he said.

Pasay police OIC sacked

Rodelas' abduction and the ambush-killing of a businessman-barangay official last week have cost the officer-in-charge of the Pasay City police his post.

Southern Police District head Chief Superintendent Benito Estipona relieved Pasay City police OIC Superintendent Samuel Turla following last week's high-profile crimes, radio dzBB's Sam Nielsen reported Monday.

Estipona plans to replace Turla with Senior Superintendent Rodolfo Llorca, though Llorca is not expected to assume the post until next week, the report said.

Until Llorca can assume the post, Estipona appointed city deputy chief for operations Superintendent Joel Villanueva to act as Pasay City police OIC.

Pasay City police had been criticized for not immediately following up the reported "abduction" of Rodelas last week.

On the other hand, motorcycle-riding men shot dead businessman and barangay official Efren Abao in an ambush-shooting near the Department of Education's Pasay City Special Education center.

Estipona was quoted in the report as saying Turla failed to follow orders to prevent criminality in his area of responsibility. –KG, GMA News

Loading...

Editor’s note:Yahoo Philippines encourages responsible comments that add dimension to the discussion. No bashing or hate speech, please. You can express your opinion without slamming others or making derogatory remarks.

  • Phl aviation has met int’l safety standards – CAAP
    Phl aviation has met int’l safety standards – CAAP

    The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) said that the country’s aviation has met international safety standards and is currently being reviewed by the European Union. Members of the EU delegation recently made a courtesy call on CAAP Director General William Hotchkiss III. Beda Badiola, CAAP’s Flight Standards and Inspectorate Service chief, said all air carriers in the country have followed regulations that the agency was able to oversee properly according to standards. “They …

  • Absence of full-time PNP chief affecting police services
    Absence of full-time PNP chief affecting police services

    Despite the pronouncement of the leadership of the Philippine National Police that it’s business as usual, some basic services are undeniably affected by the absence of a full-time PNP chief, particularly the issuance of gun permits. The PNP had deferred the issuance of permits to carry firearms outside residence (PTCFOR) since Dec. 3, a day before the Office of the Ombudsman slapped a six-month suspension on former PNP chief Director General Alan Purisima, who is facing plunder charges. …

  • Expanded Phl-US war games start today
    Expanded Phl-US war games start today

    The Philippines and the United States will kick off today this year’s Balikatan military exercises amid concerns over China’s reclamation activities in disputed areas in the West Philippine Sea. More than 11,000 Filipino and American troops will join the drills to be held simultaneously in different locations until April 30. …

  • Budol-budol, dugo-dugo scams now online
    Budol-budol, dugo-dugo scams now online

    Authorities warned the public yesterday to be more careful in dealing with people they meet online as the “budol-budol” and “dugo-dugo” gangs have expanded their deceptive operations on social media. Senior Inspector Robert Reyes, assistant chief of the Philippine National Police’s Anti-Cybercrime Group (ACG) investigation section, said online financial fraud is one of the emerging forms of scams in the country. Reyes said scam operators are looking for prospective victims online through …

  • Noy wants next PNP chief to serve beyond his term
    Noy wants next PNP chief to serve beyond his term

    President Aquino is inclined to name a new Philippine National Police (PNP) chief who can serve beyond the 2016 elections. Speaking to reporters at the Tarlac National High School before the weekend, Aquino said he was bewildered by the amended PNP Act that requires all deputies of the PNP chief to serve or stay at least one year in his post. Among the contenders for PNP chief are Deputy Director General Marcelo Garbo Jr., suspended Chief Superintendent Raul Petrasanta and Director Juanito …

  • ‘Stronger global action sought on China moves’
    ‘Stronger global action sought on China moves’

    Stronger international action is needed to counter China’s rapid reclamation activities in the West Philippine Sea, Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. said yesterday. Belmonte noted that statements of condemnation from global powers on the continued encroachment of China in the disputed waters have been ineffectual. He added that China’s blatant expansion activities are making the problem not just a regional security problem, but a global one. “China is obviously violating our territory in front …

  • MILF refusal to surrender fighters jeopardizing talks
    MILF refusal to surrender fighters jeopardizing talks

    Leaders of the House of Representatives renewed their call yesterday to the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) to surrender its fighters allegedly involved in the killing of 44 police commandos in Mamasapano, Maguindanao last Jan. 25. Leyte Rep. Ferdinand Martin Romualdez, leader of the House independent bloc, said the continued refusal of MILF leaders to turn over their men is causing the further erosion of support for the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) in Congress. “I hope the MILF …

  • China ignores global outcry vs reclamation
    China ignores global outcry vs reclamation

    On Wednesday, G-7 foreign ministers issued a Declaration on Maritime Security expressing alarm over “unilateral actions, such as large scale land reclamation, which change the status quo and increase tensions” in the region. In their communiqué, which did not specifically mention China, the ministers expressed belief that reclamation activities were meant to “change the status quo” in the West Philippine Sea and South China Sea, through which 40 percent of global trade passes. …

POLL

Should Aquino be held accountable over the Mamasapano operations?

Loading...
Poll Choice Options