Police file criminal charges vs 9 members of 'Dominguez Gang' in Evangelista killing

January 24, 2011 7:47 am 

MANILA, Jan. 23 -– Murder and carjacking charges have been filed against seven members of the notorious Dominguez carjacking group tagged in the brutal kidnap-slaying of car trader Venzon Evangelista, a ranking Philippine National Police official said Sunday.

Chief Supt. Benito Estipona, chief of the PNP’s special investigation task group (SITG), said that among those charged were Raymond Dominguez, the alleged leader of the carjacking syndicate, and his brother Roger.

Raymond surrendered voluntarily to the Bulacan police on Saturday night, while Roger remains at-large and is now subject of intensified manhunt.

Also charged were Alfred Mendiola and Ferdinand Parulan, who were arrested on Saturday in Bulacan province by combined police operatives.

Estipona said that Mendiola and Parulan admitted participation in the Evangelista case.

Three other members of the Dominguez carjacking group included in the murder and carnapping charges were only known as Rolly, a certain Jayson and an alias Joel, while two others were unknown.

“We have a total of nine respondents in the murder and carnapping cases before Quezon City Prosecutor Sullivan Usman,” said Estipona.

No less than PNP chief Director General Raul Bacalzo created the SITG to expedite the investigation of the kidnap-slaying of Evangelista, who went missing last Jan. 14 after allowing a test drive to a prospective buyer of his Toyota Land Cruiser in Quezon City.

Evangelista’s burned body was recovered last Tuesday in Cabanatuan City. His car is still being tracked down.

Prior to Evangelista’s disappearance, another car dealer, Emerson Lozano, son of lawyer Oliver Lozano, also went missing on Jan. 12 after meeting a prospective buyer also in Quezon City.

Lozano’s body was recovered burned at a portion of the Megadike in Porac, Pampanga last Jan. 14. His driver, Ernane Sensil, was also killed, burned and dumped in La Paz, Tarlac.

Authorities have theorized that the Evangelista and Lozano kidnap-slayings were linked to each other, citing similarities in the manner they were killed and abducted and both were involved in trading high end vehicles. (PNA)

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