Police identifies killer of Zamboanga university president

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: Police tagged a hired killer as behind the murder of a university president in Zamboanga City in southern Philippines.

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Chief Superintendent Mario Yanga, of the regional police force, said Denver Cabuyao, who has several aliases, was behind the 2012 killing of Dr. Arturo Eustaquio III, President and Chairman of the Board of the Universidad de Zamboanga here.

He said Cabuyao is currently in jail in Zamboanga Sibugay province after police captured him for the murder of a tourism official, Jocelyn Luna, in Tungawan town in November last year. Yanga said they have filed criminal charges against Cabuyao, a resident of Arena Blanco village in Zamboanga City.

Police are still investigating Cabuyao to determine the motive and mastermind in the murder of Eustaquio, who was shot several times by one of two motorcycle gunmen near his home in Santa Maria village here.

Police had offered a P100,000 bounty for anybody who could help or lead authorities to the identities of Eustaquio’s killers or the mastermind to the murder.

The killing drew strong condemnation from various civil groups and organizations. The spate of gun attacks and killings are not uncommon in Zamboanga where hired killers actively operate. AL JACINTO

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