P150,000 bounty for arrest of Oriental Mindoro radioman’s killer
MANILA, Philippines — A P150,000 reward awaits anyone with vital information that will lead to the arrest of the suspect behind the killing of radio broadcaster Cresenciano Aldovino Bunduquin last May 31, Oriental Mindoro provincial police director Col. Samuel Delorino said on Thursday.
Last June 6, the Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFoMS) said a murder case is set to be filed against Isabelo Lopez Bautista, the alleged gunman who killed Bunduquin as identified by the Special Investigation Task Group (SITG) formed to look into the case.
Delorino, head of the SITG Bundoquin, said Oriental Mindoro Governor Humerlito Dolor offered the P100,000 reward.
The remaining P50,000 was from a “concerned individual who declined to be named,” according to PTFoMS Usec. Paul Gutierrez.
“Ang ating focus ay mahuli itong person of interest natin para magbigay linaw kung may nagutos ba or maaring may kasamahan pa siya […] Nasa 150,000 po ang reward [sa makakapagturo sa suspect] yung P100,000 po ay galing sa ating governor’s office,” Delorino said in a interview over Teleradyo.
(Our focus is to arrest this person of interest to establish whether or not someone ordered him to do it or if he has accomplices, the reward is P150,000 for those who can point to the suspect, and the P100,000 is from our governor’s office.)
Gutierrez earlier said he had a meeting with Delorino and informed him that a police official and a close associate are persons of interest who operate a “peryahan” in the province which was allegedly shut down after being criticized on air by Bunduquin.
“Patuloy po natin iniimbestigahan at makikipag-coordinate po tayo yung nagsabi nun kay Usec. Paul Gutierrez, kung sino man ang nagbigay sa kanila ng impormasyon na yun ay maimbitahan natin at makunan natin ng statement,” Delorino said.
(We are continuing to investigate and will coordinate with whoever said that to Usec. Paul Gutierrez, we want to invite him and get his or her statement.)
According to Delorino, Bautista may still be in Bansud or within the province, adding that a tracker team has been monitoring the area for 24 hours.
On May 31, Bunduquin, a resident of Barangay Canubing 1, died after two unidentified men on a motorcycle shot him in front of a store he owned in Barangay Santa Isabela.
His son chased the suspects who figured in a road crash. One of the gunmen, identified as Narciso Ignacio Guntan, succumbed to head injuries, while his accomplice escaped.