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PIA Press Release
2010/12/04

Task Force Tomawis continues probe

By Joanna Paula L. Virador and Aprielle Annerose S. Bolosito

Davao City (4 December) -- The Task Force Tomawis has been thoroughly investigating the death of Barira Vice Mayor Alexander Tomawis of Maguindanao, saying that the gunman is "quite known," but has to be verified yet.

"There was an impression that the gunman is quite known. But this should be verified," said Director Pedro Cabatingan of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) during Thursday's AFP/PNP Press Corps Press Conference.

Cabatingan, who heads Task Force Tomawis, said that investigators are now looking into the different angles behind the killing. He added that the killing might have stemmed from family feud, personal grudge or politics.

The Task Force described the gun man to be about 40 years old, 5'7- 5'8 in height, medium built, weighing 60 kls., and has dark complexion. The task force shown a computer generated composite sketch derived from the description of the witnesses.

"The way the shooting was done was a way of a professional. At this time, we believe that this is done by an organized crime group," Cabatingan said.

He informed that a well-organized crime group has well-organized logistics, manpower and equipment capable of doing a crime smoothly, adding that gun-for-hire, kidnap for ransom and swindling group conduct surveillance before they move.

"We are not given deadline to solve the case, but we are doing our best as time permits," Cabatingan said.

He disclosed that they are recommending the giving out of reward money which will be handed to those who can lead to the arrest of the suspects and the master mind as well.

The Task Force has witnesses who have sworn statements which would determine the identity of the gunman with the help of the computer generated composite sketch.

The witnesses are now under the Witness Protection Program to ensure their safety.

Tomawis was slain on his rented apartment at Hill Side Subdivision, Bajada on Sunday morning.

Unidentified assailants went inside the house, pretending to get the signature of the victim for some important documents, and shot him dead.

The suspects were believed to be gun-for-hire. Verification is needed to find out if these gunmen are teenage boys and still around the vicinity of Davao.

Cross matching examination on the ammunition slugs recovered from the crime scene was conducted to be compared with slugs and shells from the ARMM (Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao). This is to identify if there is a connection of the crime with those of other shooting incidents in the Region. (PIA-XI) [top]

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