Suspects in ABS-CBN talent's slay charged with murder
MANILA, Philippines – Charges of murder and illegal possession of firearms have been filed against the suspects in the killing of part-time model and ABS-CBN talent Julie Anne Rodelas.
Murder charges have been filed against alleged mastermind Altea Altamirano and her boyfriend, Ferdinand Quiambao Jr.
Another suspect, Gelan Pasewalan, on the other hand, has been charged with illegal possession of firearms.
Quezon City Prosecutor Alessandro Jurado, meanwhile, approved the motion to turn suspect Jaymar Waradje Insadje into a witness.
Insadje insisted he had no participation in the killing of Julie Anne, and that he was only responsible for the abduction of the victim.
He also pointed to a certain Efren Talip as the trigger. Talip and another suspect, only identified as "Aldos", remain at large.
Authorities arrested Altamirano and Quiambao in Apalit, Pampanga last Saturday.
Insadje and Pasawelan were then arrested in a follow-up operation in Quezon City on Sunday. Another suspect, Fahad Usman, was killed in the encounter.
The five suspects have been tagged in the killing Rodelas last November 6.
Quezon City Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit head Chief Inspector Rodel Marcelo, meanwhile, also revealed that Quiambao had previous cases such as carnapping, attempted murder and robbery.
Mom won't forgive suspects
Meanwhile, Rodelas' mother, Luz, said it would be impossible for her to forgive the suspects, especially Altamirano whom Julie Anne considered as a friend.
"Talagang napakasakit. Nung wala pang nangyayari sa anak ko 'di ko na gusto yang Altea na 'yan. Kung 'di lang talaga masamang ako ang papatay, ako ang papatay eh," Luz told dzMM.
"Mapapatawad ko lang siya kapag binuhay niya ang anak ko," she added.
Luz also dismissed Altamirano's claim that her daughter used to spread rumors about her, resulting in the abduction and killing.
Nevertheless, Luz is thankful to the Quezon City Police for acting swiftly on her daughter's case.
"Marami pong salamat sa kanila at sa kanilang serbisyo, pati buhay nila nakataya," Luz said.
QC cops feted
The Volunteer Against Crime and Corruption (VACC), during a flag ceremony at the Camp Karingal on Monday morning, honored the members of the CIDU and QC Police District Station 7.
Some 30 policemen, led by Marcelo and QCPD Station 7 chief Supt. Ramon Pranada, were feted by Luz and Julie Anne's brother, Alvin.
Also present in the ceremony were National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) chief Leonardo Espina and VACC President Dante Jimenez.
The police easily solved the crime through the help of a receipt of a purchased burger that was found in a plastic bag held by Rodelas when she was recovered in Cubao.
A CCTV footage showed it was Quiambao who bought the burger in a fast food chain.
Authorities said it is still unclear as to why Rodelas had the burger, which Quiambao supposedly bought for Altamerano.