SAN Isidro, Nueva Ecija -- Police said the slain bus driver in last week’s double gunslaying inside the RJ Express Bus terminal might have unremitted payment to his drug source which could have triggered the killing.
Senior Supt. Eliseo T. Tanding, provincial police director, made this observation after probers were able to examine the text messages contained in two mobile phones of slain bus driver Alvin Samson.
Samson, 36, and his conductor Jaime Amurao, 46, were shot dead by a lone gunman who went up their bus at 11:05 p.m. last Thursday and repeatedly shot them using a cal. .45 pistol before escaping on board a gold Nissan Sentra sedan.
Tanding said his men got hold of Samson’s mobile phones after the attending nurse gave it to them before he expired while he was still being treated at Good Samaritan Hospital in Gapan City.
He said a quick examination of Samson’s mobile phones showed text messages of his supposed drug transactions with one alias Gov and an alias Dragona.
Tanding said this failed remittance of payment by Samson to alias Dragona could have triggered the killing based on said text messages.
Reports identified Dragona as the common-law-wife of one Rogelio Manzueto, 56, of Bgy. Maligaya, Cabiao, Nueva Ecija, who was arrested in a buy-bust operation inside the RJ Bus terminal on Dec. 9, 2016.
He is presently detained at the Nueva Ecija Provincial Jail in Bgy. Caalibangbangan, Cabanatuan City, facing drug charges.
It was learned that after Rogelio’s arrest, alias Dragona/Mommy, allegedly took over her husband’s illegal drug peddling operation in Caloocan City with bus drivers and conductors mostly from RJ Bus and First North Luzon Transit in this town as her alleged customers/runners.
Tanding said these findings bolstered their earlier theory that the killing was drug-related.