POLICE Regional Office 2 director Chief Supt. Robert Quenery yesterday announced that after two months
of thorough investigation, they have acquired forensic evidence that would bolster the criminal cases
they have filed against an ex-New People’s Army rebel-turned-notorious hired gun in Cagayan Valley.
The official said that the result of the ballistics test forms part of the concrete evidence
they have against Warlito Carona, alias ‘Ka Rambo,’ a principal suspect in a series of killings in
Ilagan City in Isabela which some quarters have previously linked to the ongoing police’s war on drugs.
“The result of the police investigation shall now wipe out the negative public perception and
the suspicion that the series of killings in the province of Isabela has something to do with our war
against illegal drugs. We ensure the public that the Valley cops are doing their best to haul lawless
elements to jail in order to stop them from their criminal activities,” Quenery said.
Based on the cross-matching examination conducted by a ballistics examiner from the local crime
laboratory, the firearm used in three deadly shooting incidents in Isabela was the same Colt Mark IV
caliber .45 pistol confiscated from Carona when he was arrested last August 31.
According to Ilagan City Police Station chief Supt. Ariel Quilang, his men arrested the ex-NPA
guerrilla following a hot pursuit operation sparked by his involvement in a gun attack in Bgy. Marana
1st last August 31. The victims were identified as Kyle Lawrence Balisi, 17; and Villa Mae Sevilla, 22,
both residents of Bgy. Sta. Isabel in the same city.
Quilang also tagged Carona as responsible for the killing of Vincent Guzman, 34, of Bgy.
Guinatan, last August 9, and Joey Molicara, 44, of Bgy. Alibagu, last August 14.
The official said that their investigation revealed that Guzman was a drug surrenderer and
included on the watchlist of the Philippine National Police Directorate for Intelligence.
The victim was previously arrested for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive
Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 on January 15, 2016 but was able to post bail.
Quilang said that ‘personal grudge’ between Carona and his victims Guzman, Balisi and Sevilla
triggered the gun attack. The case of Molicara has been attributed to a ‘love triangle’ issue.
Quenery described Cardona as a former member of an NPA group operating in San Mariano, Isabela
and Ilagan City who yielded to the government in 1985.
“He later became a gun-for-hire’ operating in Isabela province where he has been slapped with
criminal charges for murder and illegal possession of firearms previously,” said the Cagayan Valley