Court orders arrest of 7 in 2011 QC massacre

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MANILA, Philippines—A Quezon City court has ordered the arrest of five members of a family and two other persons in Barangay (village) Batasan Hills for their involvement in the 2011 murders of  five of their neighbors over a land dispute.

The Quezon City Police District, however, said the five family members and a sixth suspect have left their homes were now in hiding.

Inspector Elmer Monsalve, homicide section chief of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit, said only one of the suspects, Marlon Andamo, was in police custody on a charge of possession of illegal drugs.

Judge Edgar Dalmacio Santos of the Quezon City Regional Trial Court’s Branch 222 warrants for the arrest of the brothers Francisco, Benjamin and Benedicto Badilla; Francisco’s son Arjay; Benjamin’s son Melvin; Marlon Andamo; and a man identified only as Ecat.

All seven have been charged with five counts of murder and one count of frustrated murder for the Nov. 28, 2011 massacre of five persons in their neighborhood in Kalayaan B, Barangay Batasan Hills.

Killed were homeowners association president Liberato Paez, 50; Rogelio Diomampo, 36; Rogelio Agustin, 49; Germinio Manansala, 44; and Armando Garcia, 47. Wounded in the shooting spree was Zaldy Ballesteros, 43.

Monsalve said three—Francisco and Benjamin Badilla and Ecat—worked for the barangay.

The carnage was believed to have been fueled by a land dispute.

Paez’s wife Jessica told police in 2011 that the accused Badillas were known as neighborhood toughies. The Badillas were reportedly unable to present proof of long time residency in the area and were in danger of losing their home if the local government eventually awarded the land to others.

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  • Horst Manure

    Here is the change for some body to prove the country is moving forward and show some progress, could need new broom for the judiciary but that’s ok.

  • phantomofhope

    hello?? you ordered the arrest of suspects for crime committed in 2011?? what do you expect them to do?? still stay in their homes?? :)

  • sepultorero

    Inutil na pamahalaan at inutil na sistema nito. Massacre nung 2011 at huhulihin ang mga suspeks ng 2013! Inutil!

  • jpmd88

    arrest in 2013 for a crime committed in 2011? wow! such newsworthy efficiency! The suspects probably think its a joke. The truth is it is a joke!

  • josh_alexei

    The way I look it, most murders most foul, the suspects are picked up, charged and go for bail hearing the next day or two and if denied, will be remanded in custody until the pre-trial and if indicted will be still in custody until the trial and its resolution…no chance to disappear and appeal his warrants of arrest to the Court of appeal and get quashed (ala Ping and Reyes)

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