Mayor believes love triangle led to broadcaster’s slay
BONGAO, Tawi-Tawi – Mayor Jasper Que of this town has claimed that the May 4 slaying of broadcaster Richard Nadjid as an off-shoot of a love triangle.
“The findings of our police is love triangle. There are women involved and we don’t want to talk about it. We are not pursuing that issue anymore for the sake of the family,” Que said.
But it was not clear why he brought it out when the Inquirer asked him about the development of the investigation on the killing of the 35-year old Nadjid.
Nadjid, aside from being a spinner at the DxNN Power Myx FM here, also handled the station’s daily public affairs program.
His death was described by the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines as proof that impunity against the media continues under the Aquino administration.
“There are two parties involved (in the love angle) but I did not pursue the issue because it was very sensitive,” Que said.
He said it meant that the killing of Nadjid was personal and not job-related.
Naizza, the slain broadcaster’s wife, was furious when told of Que’s statement.
“How did he know?” she said.
Naizza said what was surprising was that while Que issued such statement to the Inquirer, she was not personally told about it.
“No one has been talking to me,” she said.
Supt. Cerrazid Umabong, Tawi-tawi deputy police chief, said the police have no lead as of yet as to who got Nadjid killed.
“Until now, we don’t know what the real motive was,” he said.
Umabong said the police’s failure to solve Nadjid’s murder speedily was due to lack of witnesses.
“It’s difficult to pursue the case because our problem is the lack of witnesses,” he said.
Umabong said while Task Force Troy had been convincing possible witnesses to surface, nobody has come out to help authorities identity
“The people of Bongao are afraid to talk and continue to be silent despite our pledge to provide security to witnesses,” he added.
Gov. Mujiv Hataman of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, who have ordered the Tawi-Tawi police to solve the killing of Nadjid, said he did not care if the motive of the suspects were personal.
“A radio broadcaster was killed and it’s a criminal act. It should be enough for the police to pursue and solve the case,” Hataman said by phone.
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