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Mastermind in Palawan massacre still out there


Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 00:52:00 08/14/2010

Filed Under: Crime, Murder, Police

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY?A land deal that went sour or a dispute over a loan transaction?

Investigators of the Paiton massacre are looking at these possible motives behind what they described as a ?tightly planned murder? of a retired Naval officer, his wife and three members of their family early this week.

Police were to file Friday five counts of multiple murder against a lone suspect, Florencio G. Magada Jr., who was arrested Wednesday by the Special Investigation Task Group Paiton.

Investigators said Magada, a former farm caretaker of the victims, held a deep grudge toward the Paitons.

He, however, couldn?t be the mastermind in the murders. Police said at least three more people are involved, including the mastermind.

The bodies of the victims?retired Lt. Cmdr. Ernesto Paiton, 59; his wife Chief Petty Officer Carmelita Paiton, 55; their daughter Erlita Paiton, 21, a nurse; their niece Sharon Cabatuan, 19; and nephew Renato Cabatuan, 17?were found in the Paiton home just outside the headquarters of the Naval Forces West in Barangay San Miguel.

Found in Magada?s possession during his arrest was a set of bloodied clothes and backpacks and two blood-stained bolos believed used in the murders.

Police said Magada held a grudge against the Paitons for scrimping on aid that he was seeking from the family.

A witness had recalled Magada saying he would soon exact vengeance against the Paitons for not treating him well.

The Paitons are known at the Western Command as engaged in the personal loan business.

Puerto Princesa City Mayor Edward Hagedorn has offered a P500,000 reward for information leading to the resolution of the murders. Redempto D. Anda, Inquirer Southern Luzon



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