The Bureau of Immigration (BI) may have declared the wife of slain race car driver Ferdinand “Enzo” Pastor as a “person of interest” for her alleged involvement in the killing of her husband but the agency said she can leave the country anytime she wants.
BI Commissioner Siegfred Mison on Thursday explained that a “person of interest” is a suspect who is under a criminal investigation under the Department of Justice (DOJ) or other agencies.
“Persons of interest include suspects in a criminal investigation where law enforcement agencies including the DOJ may be interested in knowing their whereabouts,” Mison said in a text message.
BI spokesman and lawyer Elaine Tan clarified that the Immigration bureau will not be able block Dalia Guerrero Pastor from leaving the country since they do not have an official order to stop her.
Tan said the bureau, for now, can only monitor the widow’s whereabouts.
Dennis Opiña, BI head at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, however, said Mrs. Pastor will be prevented from flying out because “she’s a person of interest.”
Mison, in another text message, said Enzo’s wife is still in the Philippines based on travel records of the BI.
“Suspect in race car driver murder, Ms. Dalia Guerrero Pastor, Dob [Date of Birth] 15 Sept. 1985, is still in the country based on travel records,” the text message read.
Tan said they are not sure if the “Dalia Guerrero Pastor” in the bureau’s database is the name of the wife of the slain car racer.
The BI is coordinating with the Philippine National Police to check if Enzo’s wife answers to the name “Dalia Guerrero Pastor.”
Mrs. Pastor is considered a primary suspect in her husband’s murder, according to the Quezon City Police District (QCPD).
Chief Insp. Rodel Marcelo, head of the QCPD’s Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit, on Wednesday said a love triangle triggered Enzo’s June 12 murder that was allegedly plotted by Dalia and the mastermind, her alleged lover Domingo “Sandy” de Guzman 3rd.
De Guzman, a businessman, and the alleged triggerman, Police Officer 2 Edgar Angel, have been arrested.
Marcelo said they have established that Dalia has had a relationship with the businessman.
A resident of BF Homes Parañaque in Paranaque City (Metro Manila), de Guzman was nabbed last Tuesday in Muntinlupa City (Metro Manila) after being tagged by confessed gunman Angel.
The Pastors have two sons aged seven and five.
Eduardo Villena, lawyer for the Pastor family, said the main concern of Enzo’s parents is to find their grandchildren, who remain in Dalia’s custody.
Enzo’s father, Thomas, said they last saw Dalia at a prayer meeting to mark the 40th day of Enzo’s death but had lost contact with her since, and her whereabouts are “completely unknown” to them.
Villena also dismissed claims that Enzo had been physically abusing Dalia, which may have led to her alleged affair with de Guzman.
Angel, who served as a policeman for 16 years, admitted in his extra-judicial confession that he shot Pastor in exchange for P100,000 from de Guzman.
Marcelo said Angel is a family friend of de Guzman, the godfather of the policeman’s children.
Pastor, the first Filipino to compete in the Euro NASCAR series, was shot dead on
June 12 while on his way to the Clark International Speedway in Pampanga.
The crime shocked the racing community and ended the promising career of the 31-year-old driver.
The breakthrough came on August 23 when Angel was arrested by Quezon City anti-drug operatives during a buy-bust in front of Cynneth Bakeshop along Boni Serrano Road, Barangay Libis, Quezon City.
Police recovered a heat-sealed transparent plastic sachet containing 100 grams of shabu with an estimated value of P200,000.
Villena said Pastor’s parents are “in a state of shock” over the result of investigation linking their daughter-in-law to the killing of their son.
There are rumors that Dahlia left the country via Clark International Airport but Immigration authorities could not confirm them.
WITH REPORTS FROM JING VILLAMENTE AND BENJIE L. VERGARA