Latest Stories

Philip Salvador’s ex-girlfriend, son survive QC ambush; maid hurt


Philip Salvador. FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — A businesswoman, previously linked to actor Philip Salvador, and her 22-year-old son survived an ambush Wednesday afternoon by two motorcycle-riding gunmen in Quezon City.

While Cristina Decena and her son Danilo were unhurt in the attack, their 46-year-old housemaid Helen Felesco was wounded after bullet fragments and splinters from the shattered left passenger window of the black Starex van (TQO-131) they were riding in hit her on different parts of the body.

Felesco was rushed to the United Doctors Medical Center (UDMC) for treatment of her wounds while the shooters fled on a commandeered water delivery service tricycle when their motorcycle broke down after it was deliberately rammed by the victims’ van.

Supt. Edmundo De Guzman, Quezon City Police District (QCPD) La Loma station commander, said Decena’s group was attacked shortly after 1 p.m. Wednesday, at the corner of Banawe and Simoun streets, Barangay (village) Matalahib in Sta. Mesa Heights.

De Guzman said that Danilo was driving the van, with his mother and Felesco as passengers, when the two men on a motorcycle rode near the vehicle’s left side. As the motorcycle drew near the passenger side, one of the two men suddenly pulled out a handgun and started shooting. The van’s passengers were able to duck for cover and dodge the bullets.

The motorcycle then overtook the van and the driver instinctively rammed the gunmen’s motorcycle. Upon seeing the wounded Felesco, who was then seated behind him, bleeding from several wounds the younger Decena drove to the nearest hospital.

The La Loma police station commander said that after the suspects’ motorcycle was hit by the van, the bike malfunctioned leaving the shooters without any means to flee.

De Guzman said that the duo tried to steal a taxi but could not start its engine. Left with no other recourse, the gunmen commandeered an Aqua Pure delivery tricycle, which was then passing along Banawe Avenue and fled in the direction of Manila.

Agents of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) later fetched Decena from the UDMC.

The station commander ruled out robbery as a motive for the slay attempt on the businesswoman and said that his investigators have been checking on persons holding a personal grudge on Decena as responsible for the attack.

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: ambush , Crime , Cristina Decena , Metro , murder attempt , News , Quezon City

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. Estrada: Gigi Reyes won’t testify vs JPE
  2. Obama, family cause a small stir at Easter service
  3. Santiago sees Palace hand in Gigi’s return
  4. Gigi Reyes’ only option: tell all
  5. Malaysia Airlines jet turns back after tire burst
  6. ‘Malang’ next crocodile attraction after ‘Lolong’
  7. Ancient enigmatic carvings in danger of disappearing
  8. New plant to boost supply of clean energy
  9. Unease in Vatican over cardinal’s luxury flat—report
  10. In the know: Gigi Reyes
  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. Enrile chief aide back in PH ‘to face charges’
  5. ‘No real progress in PH if dynasties not dismantled’
  6. Henares on Pacquiao bashing: I did not start this
  7. ‘Mom, I love you,’ says text from student on sinking ferry
  8. Massive infra spending set
  9. Fr. Suarez says last Mass on Easter before returning donated land to San Miguel
  10. I’ll follow my conscience on Estrada, says JV Ejercito
  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. Malaysia averts another air tragedy; pilot lands troubled plane safely
  5. Revilla says he was joking; Lacson stands by his story
  6. Revilla ‘consulted’ Lacson on how he evaded arrest
  7. Cudia, dismissed for lying, got 99% in conduct
  8. Police rule out foul play in Helena Belmonte’s death as boyfriend is ‘traumatized’
  9. Kim Henares needs a reprimand, says Cayetano
  10. Hammer-wielding robbers cause chaos at Philippines’ Mall of Asia


  • After bombs, Boston Marathon under tight security
  • Port Area fire spares Red Cross warehouse
  • PNP may use ‘reasonable force’ against of Etihad Airlines passengers refusing medical test
  • Intrigues mar signing of Bangsamoro draft law
  • Singson apologizes for delay in Edsa road repairs
  • Sports

  • Reigning champs Miami open playoffs with win
  • Spurs subdue Mavericks in playoff opener
  • Wawrinka beats Federer to win Monte Carlo Masters
  • Ageless Hopkins pitches 50-50 Mayweather deal
  • Goodbye MGM, Las Vegas for Pacquiao?
  • Lifestyle

  • Miss America: Don’t suspend teen over prom invite
  • Transitions and resurrection in the performing arts
  • ‘Archaeology tour’ of Cebu’s heritage of faith
  • Historic Fort Bonifacio tunnel converted into a septic tank
  • ‘Imports’ from London, and play of the year
  • Entertainment

  • Lindsay Lohan says she had a miscarriage
  • Discovery network cancels Everest jump
  • ‘Captain America’ stays strong atop US box office
  • Easter musings
  • Solenn in shorts
  • Business

  • Oil prices down in quiet Asian trade
  • Asian shares mixed in holiday-thinned trade
  • BDO seen keen on bidding for Cocobank
  • Bataan freeport investment pledges up 1,302%
  • Golden Week
  • Technology

  • PH has slowest internet in Southeast Asia
  • Nintendo’s trailblazing Game Boy marks 25th anniversary
  • Nasa’s moon-orbiting robot crashes down
  • Netizens pay respects to Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Nokia recalls 30,000 chargers for Lumia 2520 tablet
  • Opinion

  • Gigi’s home
  • Palace stonewalls on MRT inquiry
  • Couple of things too
  • There is plenty of water behind Wawa Dam
  • Triduum thoughts of a young boy
  • Global Nation

  • Filipinos in Middle East urged not to panic amid MERS-CoV scare
  • Obama on mission to quiet Asia skeptics
  • Search for Etihad passengers launched
  • Japan presents $57-B ‘dream plan’ to solve Metro congestion
  • Tim Tebow’s charity hospital in Davao seen to open in 7 months
  • Marketplace