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Suspects in Vigan judge's slay identified

By Freddie G. Lazaro

Camp President Quirino, Ilocos Sur (November 9) -- Police operatives in coordination with the agents from the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) are presently conducting massive manhunt operations againsts six suspects on the killing last month of Judge Reynaldo Lacasandile, 48, of the Regional Trial Court Branch 20 in Vigan City.

Ilocos Sur police director Senior Superintendent Eduardo Dopale said Tuesday: "Although the killing of Judge Lacasandili had already been considered solved following the filing of murder complaints against the seven suspects in the Department of Justice (DOJ) in Manila, we are still responsible in arresting them (suspects) to put them behind bars."

"We will consider using the carthographic sketches we made for the easier identification of the suspects for their immediate arrest," he added.

In a transmittal filed by the NBI with the DOJ last Monday, Dopale said the suspects were identified as Benson Alviento, Henry Galapate, Rodrigo Urmin, a certain "Temy," and three John Does; all residents in Candon City.

He confirmed that the suspects were all membes of the gun-for-hire syndicate operating in Ilocos region.

According to Dopale, three of the suspects were identified when Rodrigo Urmin confessed his involvement to the killing incident.

Urmin disclosed that on September 30, he was recruited by Alviento, Galapate and Temy to kill Lacasandile. He admitted that he was the driver of the getaway motorcycle used in the killing while Alviento was the triggerman.

Meawhile, at least three witnesses claimed to have seen Urmin and Alviento and the other co-conspirators at the scene of the crime during the time of the killing.

It was recalled that Lacasandile was gunned down last October 4 by two men riding in tandem in a motorcycle while he was walking to a bus station along the national highway in Brgy. Lacong in Tagudin, Ilocos Sur at about 4:00AM. He was succumbed to multiple gunshot wounds in the chest causing his instant death.

Lacasandili was the 21st judge to be killed since 1999 and the second in northern Luzon this year. (PIA Ilocos Sur) [top]

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