POLICE are looking at two angles in the killing of a consultant of the Department of Finance (DOF), as it created a task force to investigate the incident.
“Dalawa yung tinitingnan nating anggulo, isa yun work related at isa yung personal na kaaway,” Chief Supt. Romulo Sapitula of the Eastern Police District (EPD) said on Saturday.
(We are looking at two angles – one is work-related, the other is a personal rift.)
Sapitula said a task force was formed to investigate the killing of Michael “Mike” Marasigan and his brother, Christopher, by motorcycle-riding men on the corner of Barcelona and V. Cruz Streets in Barangay Sta. Lucia, San Juan at about 6:10 p.m. Thursday.
Senior Supt. Florendo Quibuyen, EPD deputy director for operations, will head the unit.
“Bumuo tayo ng task force para magkaroon ng focus ang investigation. Mas maganda kasi na may isang investigation team na nakatutok at walang ibang gagawin kundi yun lang,” Sapitula told reporters in an interview on the sidelines of the medical and dental mission organized by the UNTV, National Press Club, and Metro East-Rizal Press Organization at Barangay Pinagbuhatan, Pasig City on Saturday.
(We formed a task force so that the investigation would be focused. It is really better if there is one investigation team that will do nothing else but this.)
“Sinabi ko dun sa Chief of Police ng San Juan lahat ng available na investigators gamitin na for this purpose kanya-kanya tinukahan ko na, hopefully may makikita tayong development,” Sapitula said.
(I told the chief of police of San Juan to use all available investigators for this purpose. I have given them their assignments. Hopefully, we see some developments.)
Marasigan, a former journalist, died on the spot because of multiple gunshot wounds, while his brother, a businessman, had three gunshot wounds on his belly. He was rushed to the San Juan Medical Center where he was declared dead on arrival.
Police said the two were on board a gray Mazda CX5 sport utility vehicle, with plate number WOU-583, on V. Cruz Street when two men on a motorcycle suddenly appeared beside the vehicle and opened fire.
Thirty-four empty shells from .45 and 9-millimeter guns were spotted at the crime scene.
There were no security cameras in the area, where houses were being built. NEIL A. ALCOBER