SOCO helps bring justice to victims' families
Suspects found after years of evading justice
On August 13, 2002, 28-year-old Albert Ringor was shot dead in front of his wife, within the gates of their home in Brgy. Sta. Cruz, Santa Maria, Bulacan, by no less than his close friends.
When his wife, Rhea, tried to help him, the suspects fired another round.
“Nung nilapitan ko ‘yung asawa ko at binubuhat ko para tulungan, nakita niya na buhay pa, pumuputok pa siya ng isa pang baril,” Rhea said.
The suspects were identified as Valentino and Nickanor Vito, childhood friends and co-workers of the victim. Upon investigation, the motive behind the crime was jealousy. One of the suspects, Valentino, apparently suspected his wife of having an affair with the victim.
The suspects were charged with murder at the Santa Maria, Bulacan municipal trial court. Unfortunately, after the shooting, the suspects went into hiding.
“Halos lahat ng kakilala ng suspek, pinuntahan namin at lahat ng dapat puntahan, kinalalagyan nila ay walang nakapagsabi kung nasaan sila. Tuluyan nang nakatakas 'yung mga suspek,” said former invsetigator PO3 Marjo Sidayen of the Sta. Maria, Bulacan PNP.
For years, the suspects were able to evade justice.
“Galit na galit po ako, hindi ko malaman kung papaanong galit ang nasa dibdib ko,” Edgar, the victim’s brother, said. “Wala akong ginawa umaga’t gabi kundi umiyak dahil mahal na mahal ko ‘yung kapatid ko na iyon.”
Then on 2006, much to their surprise, one of the suspects, Nickanor, returned to their village.
“Maraming beses nakikita ko siya, kaya lang parang balewala na,” Rhea said. “Hindi naman tumatakbo ‘yung tao, hindi naman umiiwas.”
The victim’s family reported sightings of Nickanor to the authorities, but the case seemed to have reached a dead end.
“Nagagalit ako na wala naman akong magawa,” Rhea said. “Kung may karapatan lang akong hulihin siya, ako mismo magdadala sa kanya sa police station. Kaso wala akong kakayanan.”
Because of this, the Ringor family decided to seek the help of ABS-CBN SOCO. And after coordinating with the CIDG Detective Special Operations Division, the suspect, Nickanor Vito, was finally arrested on June 30, 2012.
Nickanor admitted to the crime. He also said that his brother, Valentino, had long died due to illness.
Nickanor was detained at the Bulacan Provincial Jail. But he also fell ill and passed away after a month of jail time.
The Ringor family, meanwhile, has begun moving on from their dark past.
“Dati hindi ako naniniwalang may hustisya,” Rhea said. “Pero ngayon, nung nakamit ko, tanggap na tanggap ko na na meron palang hustisya. Maginhawa na sa kalooban namin, wala na kaming pinangangambahan, wala na kaming takot. Maluwag na kaming nakakapamuhay.”
Justice for young woman killed by her boyfriend
“Sinasabi kasi ng matatanda, kung wala kang pera, walang hustisya.”
Six years since tragedy befell their family, Leticia Marquez is still reeling from pain and loss. On November 23, 2006, the body of her daughter, Leslie, was found floating in a river in San Rafael, Bulacan.
During the course of the investigation, a witness surfaced—a mute young man. But despite his inability to speak, he recounted everything he witnessed with the help of an interpreter.
According to “Aldrin” (not his real name), he was eating some snacks by the dam when a commotion caught his attention. He saw four men raping a young woman. After sexually assaulting her, Aldrin said, the men hit the woman's head with a rock and stabbed her to death. They also sliced off her breast.
“Masahol pa sa hayop ‘yung ginawa nila sa anak ko, hindi na nga ho ata tao tingin nila sa anak ko eh,” Leticia said.
“Gaano kasakit ‘yun? Baka buhay na buhay pa anak ko nang tinanggalan niya ng dede,” the victim’s father, Edwindo, said. “Pakahirap naman ng ginawa niya sa anak ko. Tapos tinabunan niya doon. Nung makita eh inuuod na raw at maraming paso ng sigarilyo."
The suspects were identified as Albert Galvez, Roberto “Boy” Ramos, Carlos Galvez, and Francis Agustin, who was the victim’s boyfriend.
“Hindi ko akalain na gaganun niya [ang anak ko],” Edwindo said. “Nakipag-break siya dun sa lalaki, ayaw niya dun sa lalaki na ‘yun dahil adik.”
The suspects were invited for questioning at the National Bureau of Investigation.
“Sila naman ay nagpaunlak at sa aming pagtatanong ay itinanggi nila na sila ay mayroong kinalaman dun sa pagkamatay nung biktima,” Agent Rudthen Mendoza of the NBI Bulacan District Office said.
“Dahil sa ito naman ay nangyari makalipas ang mga ilang oras na required ng batas para sila ay hulihin, hindi naman natin sila pinigil [sa pag-alis sa presinto] sapagka't naging regular investigation naman ang nangyari sa kaso na ito. Wala naman tayong hawak sa batas upang sila ay ikulong."
After that, the suspects went into hiding and remained wanted by the law for many years.
However, after Leslie’s story was aired on SOCO, one by one, the suspects were apprehended.
Albert Galvez was the first one to be arrested, followed by Roberto Ramos and Francis Agustin. To date, Carlos Galves remains at large, but the victim’s mother is optimistic that justice will be served.
“Kahit ho paunti-unti silang nahuhuli, basta maayos lang ho ‘yung kaso ng anak ko,” Leticia said. “Malaki na rin ang pag-asa ko na maayos ho ‘yung kaso ng anak ko.”
Right of way
For 14 years, Jesusa Dizon did not have any hope that her husband’s death would be solved.
On August 12, 1998, assailants rained bullets on their home in Brgy. Makapilapil, San Ildefonso, Bulacan. Her husband, Danilo, was killed. Jesusa and her children were also injured.
The suspects were identified as Ronilo “Ronnie” Correa and Joseph “Jojo” Correa, the victim’s neighbors. Based on investigation, the motive behind the murder was an argument over a small piece of land.
Both suspects were charged with murder and multiple frustrated murder. Unfortunately, the suspects went into hiding.
“Ano ‘yung hustisya? May hustisya pa ba? Sa nangyaring ‘yun, ang daming nakakita, pero walang nangyari sa kaso namin,” Jesusa said.
Worse, one of the suspects, Ronnie, eventually returned to their village and went on living a normal life.
“Masama ang loob ko dahil bakit ganun ang hustisya? Bakit hindi nabigyan ng linaw ‘yung nangyari?” Jesusa said.
But with the help of ABS-CBN SOCO, the case was brought to the attention of the PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group. Last October 11, 2012, Ronnie Correa was apprehended.
On January 17, 2013, Jesusa will be taking the witness stand and, for the first time, will come face-to-face with the man she believes to have murdered her husband.
“Hindi ko masasabi kung ano mararamdaman ko maliban nga lang ‘pag nakita ko sila,” she said. “Kasi ngayon nga lang eh masyado akong emotional, paano pa kapag nandun na ako. Pinaubaya ko na kay God. Alam ko si Daddy, mapayapa na rin. Sana matapos na ito at magkaroon ng katarungan.”
Justice for Glaudia Schnelli
ABS-CBN SOCO first aired the story of Glaudia Schnelli on September 1, 2012.
The 20-year-old was stabbed to death inside her bedroom at their home in Parañaque City on December 3, 2010. The suspect was identified as Felix “Piting” Lasala, her mother’s ex-boyfriend.
Felix was charged with rape with homicide. But for almost two years, Felix remained a fugitive.
“Nanunuot ‘yung galit ko sa kaniya, bakit niya ginawa sa amin [ito], wala naman kaming masamang ginawa sa kaniya,” the victim’s mother, Virginia, said.
The family offered a reward of Php200,000 to whoever had information on Felix’s whereabouts. Glaudia’s family and friends also created a Facebook account called “Justice for Gladia Schnelli” in hopes that this will help them find Felix.
Glaudia’s brother also trusted that airing her sister’s story on television will help them.
“Sobra pong makakatulong itong SOCO na ‘to para sa aming pamilya dahil wala po masyadong tumutulong sa amin,” Mike Schnelli said. “Nagpapasalamat po ako para mabuklat po itong kaso ng ate ko.”
Two days after Glaudia’s story was aired, a tipster called and gave information on Felix’s whereabouts. And on September 13, 2012, Felix was finally apprehended.
On camera, Felix admitted to the murder.
“Pinagsalitaan niya po ako ng masasakit na salita, pinagdiliman na po ng isip ko,” he claimed. “Pinagmumura niya po ako tungkol sa isang boyfriend ng mama niya, sabi po niya sa akin ‘pag nakita raw niya ‘yun, pagagalitan daw niya. Tapos nung time na ‘yun, ‘di ko na po alam ang nangyari.”
He denied raping Glaudia and asked her family for forgiveness.
“Kung bibigyan pa po nila ako ng isa pang pagkakataon, magpapakabuti na po ako kagaya ng dati,” he pleads. “Ako naman po ay matino. Makapamuhay na po sana ako nang malaya, nang normal. Patawad na lang.”
Glaudia’s family, however, are not ready to forgive him. Especially after he pleaded not guilty in court.
“Nagulat ko na ‘not guilty’ siya,” Virginia said. “’Yung nahuli siya, umamin siya. Inasahan ko nung nahuli siya na umamin na siya nang tuluy-tuloy.”
The case’s third hearing is set on January 17, 2013. And the Schnelli family hopes that this year, their daughter’s murderer will finally be convicted.
“Lagi ko ipinapanalangin na bigyan talaga ng hustisya ang anak ko,” Virginia said. “Kasama rin sa pinagpe-pray ko na bigyan ako ng lakas ng loob. Alam naman ng Diyos na siya talaga ang gumawa ng krimen na ‘yun.”