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QCPD men show how to track a murderer

  • Written by Alfred P. Dalizon
  • Published in Opinion
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I WAS again a witness when the family of a murdered barangay law enforcer showered praises to officers and men of the Quezon City Police District headed by Senior Superintendent Guillermo Lorenzo or ‘Gilor’ Eleazar for tracking down the killer barely 72 hours after the brutal killing fully captured by a CCTV camera at the crime scene.

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The murder of Ernesto Paras Jr. not only highlighted the patience and dedication showed by Eleazar and his men to capture the killer, a 46-year-old mechanic named Geronimo Iquin but also once again proved the major role being played by the so-called ‘ultimate witness’ or high-definition CCTV cameras installed in the streets and commercial or residential houses as another layer of security.

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Thru this corner, I would like to congratulate Eleazar, my friend from PMA Class 1987, and his men led by Supt. Rodel Marcelo of the QCPD Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit and the QCPD Station 7 headed by Supt. Rolando Balasabas. Credit should also go to the members of the QCPD Tracker Teams who spent nearly three days without sleep just to locate the killer.

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They are QCPD-CIDU operatives, SPO3 Apolonio Bassit, SPO2 Jonathan Caranza, SPO2 Romel Merino, SPO2 Guillermo Deudor, PO3 Eldin Dino, PO3 Basilio Buce and PO2 Joel Natural and the QCPD Station 7 men in Cubao namely Chief Inspector Mario Manipon, SPO4 Abdurahman Abdula Jr., SPO4 Nolasco Sangangbayan, SPO1 Renato Rezada, PO3 Antonio Javier Jr., PO2 Roel Gascon, PO1 Anita Marie Guzman, PO1 Juanita Salangsang, PO1 Alfie Santos, and PO1 Ricky Sia Jr.

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The weeping widow of Paras tried hard but failed to contain her emotion when the killer was presented to her by Eleazar and NCRPO director, Chief Supt. Oca Albayalde last Tuesday. A male relative of the widow told me that his nephew’s problem is how to raise their four children, the youngest of them set to mark his 2nd birthday on Tuesday.

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The man and another relative managed to sneak a punch on the suspect as he was being led out of the jam-packed PNP press center, to the surprise of my basketball teammate Albayalde and Eleazar. The two officials were joined by PNP spokesman, Senior Supt. Dionards Carlos in pacifying the two angry men who cried after seeing the killer. Their only consolation is that the suspect has been arrested and jailed before they bury Paras in his final resting place today.

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I’d like to commend the QCPD men who arrested Iquin. With their dedication, diligence and sheer determination to solve a gruesome crime, these policemen have again proven that no criminal is safe in this land and that the long arms of the law will eventually catch up with them. Stories like this also prove that many of our police officers are out there to protect the streets and serve the citizenry, regardless of their rank and stature.

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Albayalde was also all praises for his men and said they will be aptly rewarded for their latest accomplishment. As narrated by the NCRPO chief, his men caught the mechanic who shot and and killed Paras before running the victim over with a car belonging to one of his customers inside a hotel in Aparri, Cagayan shortly before midnight last Monday.

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Iquin was arrested inside one of the rooms of Dream Land Hotel in Barangay Macanaya in Aparri which is around 555 kilometers away from Manila, barely 72 hours after he killed Paras, a traffic enforcer of Bgy. Silangan in Cubao, Q.C. two Fridays ago. The QCPD men also got big help from the Santiago City Police Station, the Tuguegarao City Police Station and the Aparri Municipal Police Station, all units under the Police Regional Office 2 headed by Chief Supt. Gilbert Sosa, I learned.

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I learned that the suspect’s arrest was made following information provided to the QCPD by some witnesses to the crime as well as the people who hired the suspect as a mechanic. “We were able to establish the identity of the suspect by interviewing witnesses at the crime scene and some people who hired him as a mechanic. The CCTV footage at the scene was also a very big help in cracking down this case,” Eleazar told me.

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The soon-to-be police one-star general told me that since Saturday last week, his men have been tracking down the suspect who was believed to have fled to San Miguel, Bulacan before going  to Nueva Ecija, Nueva Viscaya and then to Tuguegarao City. The official said that from Tuguegarao City, the suspect went to Aparri and stayed in the Dream Land Hotel.

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“My men followed all leads to establish the hiding place of the suspect and finally, we got him in Aparri,” Eleazar said. Another key to the arrest of the suspect is the recovery of the Honda Civic with plate no. ZNH-321 which he used in running over the murder victim. On Saturday last week, the sedan was found abandoned at Lot 17, Knight of Columbus, Bgy. San Roque in Antipolo City.

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According to Eleazar, the suspect left the car outside the house of his cousin past noon the other Friday and immediately left the area.  When the car was recovered, a policeman assigned at Camp Crame showed up at the QCPD headquarters to inform investigators that it belonged to his brother. The cop said they merely entrusted the car to the suspect for repair, not knowing he will use it in committing a crime.

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The suspect shot dead Paras at the corner of La Salle Street and Ermin Garcia Street in Bgy. Silangan, Cubao, over an argument over double parking. Footages from a CCTV camera installed in the area showed Paras noticing that the car was violating the ‘no-double parking rule’ in the area.

When he failed to locate the driver, Paras removed the license plates of the car earning the ire of the suspect when he refused to return the plates.

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The CCTV footage showed the suspect getting a gun from his car before shooting Paras several times before hitting the victim’s head with the gun when he run out of bullets. He then ran over the victim using the same car. The QCPD learned that the suspect went to the area on board the car to repair a 10-wheeler truck owned by a local resident.

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Iquin, a widower with one child was positively identified by witnesses as the man in the CCTV footage who killed Paras. The cold-blooded killer said that he threw the murder weapon—a home-made caliber .38 revolver at the Pasig River shortly after emptying its content on the traffic enforcer out of rage. Eleazar said that Iquin is also the subject of a warrant of arrest for estafa with a P6,000 recommended bail.

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Albayalde said that definitely, Iquin had no intention to surrender but was arrested in a hot pursuit operation conducted by the QCPD. The suspect has been inquested for murder, a non-bailable offense. Eleazar also told me that even though it appears that Paras had detached the plate number of Iquin’s car, such offense is not enough reason to kill. May this serve as a lesson to others who are in possession of a gun.