Ecija cops won’t nab vice mayor’s brother in engineer’s slay

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CARRANGLAN, Nueva Ecija—Police are looking at a land dispute as a possible motive behind the shooting and killing of an engineer allegedly by the brother of this town’s vice mayor in Barangay Joson on Sunday.

Senior Insp. Joseph Sta. Cruz, town police chief, said Alexander Mejia, 67, also a businessman, was surveying a parcel of land in Sitio Pulo with Mario Faustino, a geodetic engineer, and Geminiano Lozano at about 5 p.m. when Erwin Alfonso, brother of Vice Mayor Efren Alfonso Jr., arrived and confronted the group.

Land grab

According to Sta. Cruz, there was a heated argument between Mejia and Alfonso that led to Alfonso shooting Mejia with a handgun. Police, however, have yet to arrest Alfonso.

Chana Mejia-Lopez, the victim’s sister, said her brother was trying to recover his property in this town, which he left a few years ago when he went abroad to attend to a business venture.

“It was my brother’s land, which Alfonso possessed without notice,” Lopez said.

The Inquirer on Wednesday tried to reach Alfonso through Vice Mayor Alfonso but police officials said the vice mayor was not yet ready to talk to reporters regarding the issue.

 

Influential

Sta. Cruz said the provincial police’s Criminal Investigation and Detection Group has joined the investigation on Wednesday and started collecting pieces of evidence and statements so they could file a case against

Alfonso.

Lopez asked the police to ensure the safety of Faustino

and Lozano, the witnesses in the case, because of the perceived influence of the suspect’s family.

“They fear for their lives because the suspect is very influential,” she said.

Sta. Cruz said he has assigned policemen to secure the witnesses. Armand Galang, Inquirer Central Luzon

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  • regie

    murder…

  • watot

    what do you expect from police force? likely suspects should be apprehended first, thats the SOP, unless the SOP they are waiting are from Vice Mayor.

  • 711sense

    Gosh, thats why rich, politicians, people in authority and the famous continue to abuse and kill the poor because the cops are afraid to apprehend them. That’s really what’s fun in the Philippines. Unless the people demand that our justice system is fair and balance, things like this will continue. You have the number poor and oppressed people of the Philippines, use it to stop this abuse and killings.

  • Garo Ungaro

    when a law enforcement that do not enforce the law  because of politics…then it creates a misconception  and mistrust…probable cause is the easiest way..until  court decides otherwise…

  • John_Cruz

    Do a Google search of the Alfonso Family of Carranglan , Nueva Ecija you will be shocked they are criminals! The son of Vice Mayor was arrested by the PNP few years ago and was identified the head of Notorious Highway Robbery Syndicate operating in the neighboring Nueva, Vizcaya. The have been terrorizing the citizens of Carranglan for the last three decades. They are land grabbers and murderers. If the Philippine Government cannot bring justice to this case, a non-government vigilante organization will carry out justice and put an end to the criminal activities of the Alfonso families of Carranglan, Nueva Ecija.

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