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

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