Latest Stories

Cops eye murder raps vs gunman’s cohort


John Paul Lopez, house caretaker of suspect Ronald Bae, at the CIDG in Imus, Cavite. EDWIN BELLOSILLO/INQUIRER PHOTO

IMUS, Cavite, Philippines–Police are set to file charges of multiple murder against John Paul Lopez, the companion of the gunman responsible for the rampage that left eight people dead and 12 others wounded.

Senior Superintendent Alexander Rafael, Cavite police director, Saturday said their decision to charge Lopez was based on the accounts of three residents.

He said the witnesses recounted how Lopez “willfully handed over” the bullets to the gunman, Ronald Bae, to reload the .45 caliber pistol used in the shooting spree in Kawit, Cavite on Friday.

“(Lopez) also did not appear constrained,” Rafael said, contrary to Lopez’s claim that he was forced.

Lopez, 27, from Rosario, Cavite was turned over to the authorities by his relatives at around 6 p.m. on Friday. He was the caretaker of Bae’s house in Barangay Tabon I, Kawit.

Even if Lopez did not fire the gun, “it was established that he was a conspirator. We are preparing a case of multiple murder with counts according to the number of persons killed,” said Chief Insp.

Reynaldo Magdaluyo, chief of the Cavite Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit which now has custody over Lopez.

Nine people, including the gunman, were killed in the carnage that left a close-knit neighborhood in fear. The police on Saturday identified them as Alberto Fernandez, 55; Boyet Toledo; Irene Funelas, 38; Al Drio, 20; Michaella Andrea Caimol, 7; two-month pregnant Rhea de Vera, 34; and de Vera’s daughter Jan Monica, 3. A list from the Cavite provincial government, however, included, a certain Adoracion Cabrera.

The police said 12 others, two of them children, were injured.

It remains uncertain as to what triggered Bae to snap but his wife, Maria Elena, told police that his husband had been acting strange since Dec. 30.

She also said Bae, who had stopped taking shabu a long time ago, suffered a relapse in October.

“She said (Bae) was hallucinating and they always fought since,” Rafael said.

According to the wife, John Paul celebrated the New Year’s Eve with them in Guagua, Pampanga but he and Bae left for Kawit the following morning.  Bae also owned a rest house in Tagaytay City, but it was not clear what his source of income was.

Rafael said Bae tested positive of alcohol, based on initial autopsy findings but they have to conduct further tests to see if he was under the influence of drugs.

The Cavite police was held responsible over the mass murder, especially after it was discovered the murder weapon was unlicensed.

But Rafael said the Kawit police did not receive any report that Bae had fired his gun indiscriminately days prior to the shooting spree.

“Not a single report, otherwise we would have acted on it,” he said.

He also denied reports that the police response came too late.

“It was a tricycle driver, who was able to rush two wounded victims to the hospital, who came to the (police) station and reported it first. In three to five minutes, our men were at the scene,” Rafael said.

But a resident, interviewed by the INQUIRER, said he was able to call the police for help from his phone while hiding from the gunman behind a concrete wall. He said it took some time before the police arrived.

The crime scene was around five kilometers from the Kawit police station.

Chief Insp. Joel Saliva, Kawit police chief, was relieved from his post and replaced by Chief Insp. Egbert Tibayan.

Rafael also said they would beef up their campaign against loose firearms and road checkpoints in all towns and cities.

There are currently around 7,700 unlicensed firearms in Cavite alone.

Follow Us

Follow us on Facebook Follow on Twitter Follow on Twitter

Recent Stories:

Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.

Tags: Crime , News , Regions , Shooting

Copyright © 2014, .
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94
  1. US teacher fired over comment on black president
  2. Filipinos, Dane re-enact crucifixion of Christ
  3. Magnitude-7.5 earthquake shakes Mexican capital
  4. Henares on Pacquiao bashing: I did not start this
  5. ‘No real progress in PH if dynasties not dismantled’
  6. More legal woes for Cedric Lee
  7. Massive infra spending set
  8. Easter crucifixions draw huge crowds
  9. ‘Mom, I love you,’ says text from student on sinking ferry
  10. Kim Henares needs a reprimand, says Cayetano
  1. Kim Henares needs a reprimand, says Cayetano
  2. Suspect in Vhong Navarro mauling tries to leave PH
  3. More legal woes for Cedric Lee
  4. Fr. Suarez says last Mass on Easter before returning donated land to San Miguel
  5. ‘Mom, I love you,’ says text from student on sinking ferry
  6. MH370 co-pilot made mid-flight phone call – report
  7. ‘No real progress in PH if dynasties not dismantled’
  8. I’ll follow my conscience on Estrada, says JV Ejercito
  9. Massive infra spending set
  10. OFW brings MERS virus to Philippines
  1. KL confirms Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 ended in Indian Ocean
  2. MRT passengers pass the hat for 6-year-old Ashley
  3. Rookie, lady cops lauded for quick response to MOA heist
  4. Model Helena Belmonte wished ‘to slash her wrist and hope to die’
  5. Malaysia averts another air tragedy; pilot lands troubled plane safely
  6. Revilla says he was joking; Lacson stands by his story
  7. Revilla ‘consulted’ Lacson on how he evaded arrest
  8. Police rule out foul play in Helena Belmonte’s death as boyfriend is ‘traumatized’
  9. Cudia, dismissed for lying, got 99% in conduct
  10. Hammer-wielding robbers cause chaos at Philippines’ Mall of Asia


  • Flash floods hit 9 Tagum villages
  • No tsunami to hit PH after 6.9 quake jolts Solomon Islands–Phivolcs
  • Search resumes for bodies in Everest avalanche
  • 6.6-quake hits off PNG’s Bougainville – USGS
  • Bus passengers foil bombing in Sultan Kudarat
  • Sports

  • Duke’s Rodney Hood joining Jabari Parker in NBA draft
  • Phelps entered in 3 events at comeback meet
  • Boston prepares for huge wave of marathon visitors
  • Motivated LeBron James preps for postseason
  • Nadal ousted by Ferrer in Monte Carlo quarters
  • Lifestyle

  • Levine designs womenswear with help from fiancee
  • Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nobel laureate, dies at 87
  • Ford Mustang turns 50 atop Empire State Building
  • Pro visual artists, lensmen to judge Pagcor’s photo contest
  • ‘Labahita a la bacalao’
  • Entertainment

  • Myx TV premieres Asian American ‘docu-series’
  • A nutty finale for ‘Scandal,’ TV’s craziest show
  • EXO postpones release of mini album ‘Overdose’
  • ‘X-men’ filmmaker slams ‘fabricated’ sex attack claims
  • Singer Chris Brown’s bodyguard on trial in DC
  • Business

  • Fiat-Chrysler to produce iconic Jeep in China from 2015
  • US commerce secretary spells out economic facet of ‘pivot to Asia’
  • Italy sells luxury state cars on eBay
  • Asian shares mostly up in quiet trade
  • Dollar up in Asia on US jobs data, Ukraine deal
  • Technology

  • Nasa’s moon-orbiting robot crashes down
  • Netizens pay respects to Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Nokia recalls 30,000 chargers for Lumia 2520 tablet
  • Facebook rolls out ‘nearby friends’ feature
  • Netizens seethe over Aquino’s ‘sacrifice’ message
  • Opinion

  • Editorial cartoon, April 17, 2014
  • A humbler Church
  • Deepest darkness
  • ‘Agnihotra’ for Earth’s health
  • It’s the Holy Week, time to think of others
  • Global Nation

  • We treasure our Sierra Madre
  • OFW from UAE tests negative for MERS-Cov–health chief
  • Multicultural flock marks Good Friday in San Francisco
  • Las Vegas ‘Pinoy Pride’ fest hails Filipino heritage
  • Marking Jesus’ journey on Good Friday
  • Marketplace