Alleged assassin ‘too stoned’ to talk

Suspect in mayor’s slay captured in QC slums while in drug session

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ROXAS. Photo by ANDREW TADALAN

The alleged assassin was just “too stoned” to talk about his high-profile hit.

The suspected gunman in the Jan. 24 killing of Mayor Erlinda Domingo of Maconacon, Isabela province, was arrested in a Quezon City slum area late Friday night, officials announced on Saturday.

Investigators, however, still could not get the man to “talk straight” hours after the capture as he was still high on drugs, according to Interior Secretary Mar Roxas.

Marsibal Abduhadi alias “Bagwis” was reportedly in the middle of a drug session together with a woman inside a shanty when cornered by some 200 policemen around 11:30 p.m. in the Salaam Mosque compound in Culiat, Tandang Sora. Hours before the operation, police got a tip on his location following a minor fire in the area, where he was seen outdoors carrying a submachine gun.

“According to a report from the Quezon City Police District, when they arrested Bagwis he was so high on drugs that he cannot talk straight. So we will wait for him to give his account of what happened,” Roxas said in a press conference at Camp Crame.

“We will have to wait for some time to talk to him and get some sensible information from him when he’s sober,” Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit head Chief Insp. Rodelio Marcelo said in an interview at the QCPD.

“He (Abduhadi) had a submachine gun by his side when we got him. That means he is alert even if he is using illegal drugs,” added QCPD director Senior Supt. Richard Albano.

“He never left (the area after the killing) because he thought he was safe there. He thought wrong about Culiat. There are still tipsters there,” Albano added. “Salaam Compound was his haven, so he was relaxed. He didn’t think that we’d storm his hideout.”

Abduhadi, 29, was arrested together with Jennifer de Guzman, a resident of Barangay Old Balara also in Quezon City.

The police said they recovered an Intratech 9-mm submachine gun with two magazines, another magazine for a .25-cal. pistol, two fragmentation grenades and a jacket marked with the word “police” inside the shanty that allegedly served as the suspect’s hideout.

DOMINGO. Photo by VILLAMOR VISAYA JR./INQUIRER NORTHERN LUZON

Abduhadi and De Guzman also yielded four sachets of suspected “shabu,” four sachets of cocaine and one sachet of marijuana, along with drug paraphernalia, the police said.

According to Albano, the QCPD received information a day after Domingo’s killing that a man in a police jacket was seen carrying a high-powered gun in the Salaam compound and that he was the same man known as “Bagwis” who was linked to the ambush.

Domingo was shot dead on Jan. 24 as she was getting out of her Mitsubishi Adventure outside Park Villa Apartelle on Examiner Street, Quezon City. Her driver and bodyguard, Bernard Plasos, also sustained a gunshot wound in his right thigh in the attack.

Plasos later pointed to Abduhadi, or Bagwis, as the alleged gunman.

Before Friday night’s arrest, police captured three other suspects Tuesday night, namely Christian Pajenado, Michael Domingo and Abduhadi’s wife Mary Grace. The three were charged with murder and attempted murder in the city prosecutors’ office.

Insp. Elmer Monsalve of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit said his men were able to double-check Abduhadi’s identity with Jaymar Waradji, a Salaam compound resident and one of the suspects in the November 2012 killing of commercial model Julie Ann Rodelas.

“He (Waradji) and Bagwis knew each other so when we showed him a photo of Bagwis, he said it was him,” Monsalve said.

Hours before Abduhadi’s arrest, a small fire broke out in the Culiat area around 8 p.m., causing panic among the residents. “Bagwis was also startled by the fire and he was seen brandishing his gun again,” Albano said.

Around 10 p.m., 200 policemen began scouring the dimly-lit alleys for Abduhadi.

“It was really dark and far deep into the compound. We needed that many men because it was dangerous for just a handful,” said deputy director for operations Senior Supt. Neri Ilagan, who led the operation dubbed “Oplan Galugad.”

Roxas said investigators will use the accounts given by the four arrested suspects to piece together the plot behind Domingo’s killing, which was initially believed to have been politically motivated.

But Roxas maintained on Saturday that to say anything about the motive or the mastermind would still be “pure speculation” at this point. “It is better we complete the full investigative process, debrief or interrogate the suspects, including Bagwis.”

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  • Dawn Dare

    “High on drugs”? Can’t we get anything quantifiable? How much toxins were in his blood stream? Is it something a psychological expert would confirm as criminally serious? For all we know, it’s just a drummed-up charge imagined by policemen who don’t understand anything about 21st century science.

  • Danny Bravo

    lasunin  na  ninyo  hindi  drugs  ang  dahilan  kaya  nagiging  kriminal  ang mga  yan  hybrid  yan  …kahit  walang  drugs  papatay  yan,,,,pampalakas  loob  lang  ang  drugs  sadyang  ang  intensyon  ay  pumatay,,,,pag-aralan  ninyo  kung  pano  nababasa  ang  memorya  ng  puso  at dugo,,,  madali  lang..puwedeng  hindi  gumamit  ng  instrument  pero  mas  sigurado  ang  instrumento …

  • sasama

    ….ayos, pot session sa loob ng moske…asalamalaykummm….yeah!

  • mikerocky

    Good job for the PNP and DILG! Keep it up!

  • charlie_oscar

    Islam is full of drugs, murder, hypocrisy and all around infidelity! Pray 5 x per day, smoke shabu 25 x per day and commit murder 1 x per month.

    • Mamang Pulis

      ‘dre–hindi lahat ng Islam ganyan.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XALR35ENV2XKV327BZGZ7Q5Z5Q Ernesto

        sa davao city patay yan,kahit muslim ka pa.di nila sinsanto dyan

      • Mamang Pulis

        oo ‘dre–meron nga mga taong hindi na dapat pinalalakad sa ibaabw ng mundo

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XALR35ENV2XKV327BZGZ7Q5Z5Q Ernesto

        tama ka bro

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/AUPTS47VZP6O5O4ABVWTACXOQU Febien

      Meron ding ganyan sa aming mga kristyano. May mabubuti ding Muslim

  • Mamang Pulis

    Yan kayang kaya—paligiran ang squatters area.

    Paligiran nyo rin kya yun mga kuta ng NPA? 

  • Guest

    I’ve told you folks, hindi maganda ang tandem ni Mar Roxas and Cesar Purisima. Wala tayong mapapal sa kanila, utak syndicate kasi mga yan.

    • Mamang Pulis

      tama— sa hilatsa na lang ni alan–mukhang troll face at yun isa–bading na puilitko.

  • Guest

    Magaling lang naman si Sec. Roxas sa pag-present ng mga suspek sa media,
    magpa-press conference. Yun dun siya magaling.

    • Mamang Pulis

      nadale mo! puro press con

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/AUPTS47VZP6O5O4ABVWTACXOQU Febien

    Buti naman at maayos ang picture ni Mar Roxas dito.

  • Guest

    Kung tutuusin di naman talaga nagtatrabaho si Sec. Mar Roxas and
    Purisima. Busy siya sa pagpapalakas ng jueteng operation sa bansa.

     

  • Guest

    Malamang pinagtatawanan ng mga sindikato itong sina Sec. Mar Roxas at
    PNP chief Purisima. Bwahahahahaha!

     

    • Mamang Pulis

      pati ng mga NPA-MILF at MNLF

      puro papogi sa media, wala naman binatbat sa bundok–kayo lang nasa siyudad ang kayang kaya..

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XALR35ENV2XKV327BZGZ7Q5Z5Q Ernesto

      sinong sindikato bro

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XALR35ENV2XKV327BZGZ7Q5Z5Q Ernesto

    mosque

    • Mamang Pulis

      hindi na mosque o masjid tawag doon—drug den.
      ang masjid malinis.parang simbahan ng kristyano.nagkataon na lang na sa muslim ang suspect at hindi kristyano—mga bulokis din ang mga reporter ng PDI at literal ang pagkakasulat.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XALR35ENV2XKV327BZGZ7Q5Z5Q Ernesto

        ah ganoon ba,bro anong ibig sabihin salam mosque compound .di ba sa loob ng mosque

      • Mamang Pulis

        jejeje–kapag ang simbahan ba ng katoliko–ganoon ang ginawa –matatawag mo pa bang ‘simbahan’ yun?

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