By Ali G. Macaalang
Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief, Police General Guillermo Lorenzo Eleazar met relatives of kidnap-slay victim Nadia Casar on August 9 and renewed justice for her and the bereaved family.
Following The Philippine Muslim Today news’ expressed vow to keep monitoring the progress of the PNP’s probe on the heinous crime, which many speculated to have involved gang-rape, Gen. Eleazar reiterated his commitment to personally see to it that appropriate punishments are meted on two civilians and five cops suspected in the case.
“Firstly, I convey my heartfelt sympathy with the family of Nadia Casar and I am pledging that your police entity is generally clean, swift and investigating in utmost fashion that will lead to penalizing the guilty,” Eleazar was quoted as saying in Pilipino in his meeting with Casar’s relatives.
Present at the Aug. 9 meeting were the victim’s sister, Mosripa Casar, relatives Fahad Tambara, Datu Bong Alonto and lawyer Al Razul Sultan, who posed with the PNP chief showcasing a black shirt printed a call for justice.
Atty. Alfegar Triambulo of PNP’s Internal Affairs Service; BGen. Rod Dimas, director of yhr Anti-Kidnapping Group (AKG); BGen. Narciso Domingo, deputy regional director for administration in Region 3; and representatives from the Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management, and Criminal Investigation and Detection Group attended the meeting,
“Ang ganitong uri ng gawain ay hindi katanggap-tanggap sa aming organisasyon. Kami dapat ang nagbibigay ng proteksyon at hindi ang kumikitil sa buhay ng mga sibilyan,” a Philippine News Agency quoted Eleazar as saying.
Three cops – PSSG Benedict Matias Reyes of the Sta. Rosa Municipal Police Station in Nueva Ecija; PSSG June Malillin of the Palayan City Police Station; PCPL Julius Alcantara of the Nueva Ecija Provincial Police Office Drug Enforcement Unit – and civilians Franklin Macapagal and Dario Robarios were already arrested and indicted, the PNA report said.
But other published reports said Macapagal, who allegedly contacted Casar online for a jewelry deal, remained at large.
Two other cop suspects – PMSG Rowen Martin of Cabanatuan City Police Station; and PSSG Drextemir Esmundo of the Cabiao Municipal Police Station – voluntarily surrendered to their chief of police and are now under restrictive custody, the state news body said.
Eleazar believed the case against the suspects was strong due to the testimony of witnesses to the crime.
An AKG report said Casar and a Grab driver she hired were kidnapped by at least five men at around 1:45 p.m. on July 20 in Barangay Tagpos, Sta. Rosa, Nueva Ecija. The Grab driver was robbed of his cellular phone and P4,500 cash, and released by their captors kidnappers at around 3a.m. of July 21.
The Grab driver was able to identify Reyes, one of their abductors, after seeing a group photo of police officers inside the Sta. Rosa police station, it was learned.
Casar’s burnt remains placed inside a sack were recovered in a shallow grave on Sunday, August 1, at around 2:30 PM at Sitio Pinagpala, Barangay Imelda Valley, Palayan City, the AKG said. (AGM)