Ar­chi­tect Galua now a per­son of in­ter­est; Ro­toras fam­ily 'happy'

Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro - - Front Page - By PJ Orias and Al­win Salir­ing

nga sus­pect gyud (But when you say per­son of in­ter­est, that does not nec­es­sar­ily equate to a sus­pect) duna bay hi­n­ung­dan, kalam­big­i­tan, in­volve­ment (does he have rea­son or in­volve­ment), ato man gi­hangyo sa CIDG nga palap­dan ang in­ves­ti­ga­tion, labina sa pagkuha sa mga anggulo so karon sig­uro nga dunay con­nec­tion gamay, nadeklarar na gyud nila as per­son of in­ter­est (we re­quested the CIDG to in­ves­ti­gate this to get all pos­si­ble an­gles),” Eldie said.

He said Galua once headed the ar­chi­tec­ture pro­gram of the Univer­sity of Science and Tech­nol­ogy of South­ern Philip­pines (USTP).

Ro­toras said one of the rea­sons why Galua was con­sid­ered per­son of in­ter­est was be­cause he’d been in­volved with the projects at the univer­sity.

“Mean­ing he is within the in­sti­tu­tion, cer­tainly they are friends be­cause Ar­chi­tect Galua kay siya man ang ar­chi­tect sa in­sti­tu­tion (he is the ar­chi­tect of the in­sti­tu­tion), diin kabahin sa dis­enyo kung unsa na karon ang USTP (he is part of the per­sons who de­signed the USTP),” he said.

“Public knowl­edge ni nga madung­gan sa me­dia, gipa-stop ni Dr. Ro­toras ang proyekto, as to un­say rea­son nganu gipa-stop, wala ta kahibalo, dili ta kahibalo sa de­tails (It is public knowl­edge that we hear in the me­dia, that Dr. Ro­toras stopped the project, but as to why, we do not know) kung duna bay in­volved nga anoma­liya, duna bay in­volved sa pag­sunod sa spec­i­fi­ca­tions sa proyekto, diha nato tan-awon kung naa ba gyud (if there are in­deed anom­alies, or does it in­volve fol­low­ing the project’s spec­i­fi­ca­tions, we will see),” he said.

But what the older Ro­toras knew is that his brother was “very strict”,and that he did not want to get in­volved in pos­si­ble anom­alies, “much more be in­volved in graft and cor­rupt prac­tices act”.

If any­one has “bad blood” against his brother, he said those per­sons are pos­si­bly in­volved in any il­le­gal prac­tices and who re­fused to lis­ten to Dr. Ro­toras’ or­der to stop the mal­prac­tices.

Through a court or­der, op­er­a­tives from the Crim­i­nal lnves­ti­ga­tion and De­tec­tion GroupCa­gayan de Oro City (CIDG-CDOC) raided and searched the house of Rey Galua, 43, a res­i­dent of Pue­blo de Oro Golf Es­tate, Up­per Can­i­toan, Ca­gayan de Oro City last Mon­day.

Au­thor­i­ties found and seized from the sus­pect’s bed­room two cal­iber .45 pis­tols, a 9mm Glock, a .38 re­volver, two frag­men­ta­tion grenades, two mag­a­zines of an Ar­malite as­sault ri­fle, and sev­eral live am­mu­ni­tion.

It was only yes­ter­day that po­lice con­firmed that Galua was in­deed per­son of in­ter­est into the De­cem­ber 2017 killing of the state univer­sity president.

“We’re happy with the de­vel­op­ment, and we hope au­thor­i­ties will be able to find out if the ar­chi­tect in­deed had some­thing to do with my brother’s mur­der. We hope and pray that they will see the miss­ing link,” he said.

Dig­ging fur­ther into their pre­vi­ous con­nec­tion

Few days af­ter his ar­rest, the Spe­cial In­ves­ti­ga­tion Task Group (SITG) has es­tab­lished ar­chi­tect Rey Galua as one of the Per­sons of In­ter­est in the mur­der of the USTP president.

And with this de­vel­op­ment, in­ves­ti­ga­tors are now dig­ging into what kind of con­nec­tion Galua and the late Ro­toras pre­vi­ously had.

SITG spokesper­son Chief In­spec­tor Mardy Hor­tillosa II de­clined to ex­plain how Galua be­came a per­son of in­ter­est in the mur­der case.

But, Hor­tillosa said the SITG as­sured that they have the grounds and ba­sis of con­sid­er­ing him as such.

The Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion and De­tec­tion Group-Ca­gayan de Oro City (CIDG-CDOC) said Galua was for­merly em­ployed as fac­ulty mem­ber of USTP.

USTP of­fi­cials also dis­closed ear­lier that Galua was the ar­chi­tect who de­signed sev­eral new build­ings in the cam­pus, in­clud­ing the un­fin­ished con­struc­tion of Student Cen­ter and Ed­u­ca­tion Com­plex Build­ing.

School of­fi­cials have kept their si­lence when asked if Galua has re­signed or was ter­mi­nated.

Galua was ar­rested early this week for own­ing un­li­censed firearms and ex­plo­sives in a law­ful search or­dered by a court in Gin­goog City.

“I don’t know if they are friends or unsa ilang con­nec­tion, ”Hor­tillosa said, adding that what he only knew was Galua’s job then with USTP.

“May posi­bil­i­dad nga kaila sila kay si Ro­toras man ang president unya im­posi­ble wala siya kaila sa em­p­leyado, ”Hor­tillosa said.

Hor­tillosa said in­ves­ti­ga­tors are likely to in­ves­ti­gate the school af­fairs of the two, among other angh­les.

“Sa back­track­ing posi­ble imbesti­ga­han sugod ang tra­baho kay may nakita sig­uro ang in­ves­ti­ga­tion nga da­pat siya (Galua) i-con­nect. Dili pa ta kain­gon kung per­sonal ba or work-re­lated ang motibo,” Hor­tillosa said.

Hor­tillosa re­it­er­ated that the per­son of in­ter­est is some­one who is be­lieved to have an in­volve­ment in a crime but ev­i­dences are not yet es­tab­lished while the sus­pect is some­one who is pos­si­bly in­volved and ev­i­dences are ready for the fil­ing of charges in court.

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