Police identify killers of Surigao del Norte vice mayor

October 10, 2009 12:30 pm 

MANILA, Oct. 10 — One of the two suspects in the killing of Vice Mayor Nasario Gastardo of San Francisco, Surigao del Norte has been identified.

Police operatives of TF Gastardo identified the suspect as a certain Joven Tejero, about 20 yrs old and allegedly a friend of the victim.

Sr.Supt. David Y. Ombao, Surigao del Norte police chief, said police had launched a manhunt against Tejero and his companion while murder charges were being readied.

Philippine National Police (PNP) chief, Director General Jesus A. Verzosa ordered the immediate solution of the case.

“The PNP is in hot pursuit of these criminals and will do everything in its power to give justice to the family of the late Vice Mayor Gastardo”, said Verzosa.

Gastardo was shot in the head by two suspects while about to enter his house at Kaskag, Bagong Silang 2, Surigao City at about 6:30 p.m. Friday.

Responding team from Surigao City police and Scene of the Crime Operation recovered one empty cartridge of caliber 45 pistol at the crime scene.

“We will investigate all possible angles for the motive behind this shooting incident”, Verzosa said. (PNA)

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