Robbery group linked to De Lima aide's slay

Posted at 10/10/12 8:23 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Police are looking into the possibility that a robbery group was behind the killing of one of the security aides of Justice Secretary Leila de Lima last May.

Parañaque Police recovered on Tuesday evening a Mitsubishi Adventure where de Lima's security aide, Alister Quintos, was allegedly robbed before being killed and dumped in San Ildefonso, Bulacan last May 11.

Police said the AUV, with plate number TXQ 215, was recovered at the 4th Estate Subdivision in Sucat. The AUV plied the route of Antipolo where Quintos allegedly boarded it .

An empty bullet shell believed to be from the gun used in killing Quintos was recovered inside the seized vehicle.

Police are now looking into the possibility that the notorious "UV Express Tirador" robbery group, whose members were recently arrested, was behind the killing.

At least 25 passengers have so far claimed to be victimized by the robbery group. – reports from Jerome Lantin, ABS-CBN News; and Noel Alamar, dzMM