Slain ABS-CBN talent laid to rest

Posted at 11/17/12 12:27 PM

MANILA, Philippines -- Julie Ann Rodelas, a part-time ABS-CBN talent whose body was found in Cubao early this month, was laid to rest in Las Piñas City Saturday morning.

A final mass was offered for the 20-year-old model at the Mary Queen of Apostles Parish in Parañaque City before family and friends brought her remains to her final resting place at Golden Haven Memorial Park at around 11 a.m.

The remains of Julie Ann Rodelas were laid to rest at Golden Haven Memorial Park in Las Piñas City on Saturday. Photo by Johnson Manabat

Rodelas' loved ones turned emotional as they bid goodbye to a life lost in a tragic murder.

Her family first held a funeral procession from their house in Bagong Lipunan, CAA Village, Las Piñas City at 8:45 a.m. It was joined by Rodelas' friends and classmates from Arellano University, who offered a song for the slain model.

Officers from the Quezon City Police District-Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit (QCPD-CIDU) led by Homicide Division Head Police Inspector Elmer Monsalve also accompanied the Rodelas family in the funeral procession towards her final resting place.

Rodelas was abducted near the World Trade Center on November 5. Her body, which bore gunshot wounds to the head and chest, was found the next day in Murphy, Cubao.

Police have already arrested four suspects, including Rodelas’s friend Althea Altamirano and Altamirano’s boyfriend Fernando Quiambao Jr., who are being tagged as the masterminds behind the killing.

Accused-turned-state witness Jaywar Waradje and his companion Gelan Pasawilan were arrested in a follow-up operation in Culiat, Quezon City.

Both Altamirano, who said she had her friend abducted to “teach her a lesson” for spreading gossip, and Quiambao are facing murder charges. Pasewalan, meanwhile, is facing charges of illegal possession of firearms.

Authorities are now in pursuit of the two other suspects, who were identified by Waradje as Efren Talib and alias “Aldos.”

The four arrested suspects are now being detained in Camp Karingal. They are expected to be transferred to the Quezon City Jail on Monday. -- Reports from Johnson Manabat and Dennis Datu, dzMM