The Philippine Star

Wit­nesses in Bel­tran’s mur­der get P5-M re­ward

- Rom­ina Cabr­era Crime · Quezon City · Quezon, Bukidnon

The Que­zon City coun­cil has re­warded four wit­nesses who gave in­for­ma­tion that led to the ar­rest of the sus­pects in the mur­der of barangay chair­man Crisell Bel­tran ear­lier this year.

Vice Mayor Gian Carlo Sotto and Que­zon City Po­lice Dis­trict di­rec­tor Col. Ron­nie Mon­tejo turned over checks for P5 mil­lion to the wit­nesses over the week­end.

Mon­tejo said the wit­nesses were in­stru­men­tal in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, which re­sulted in the ar­rest of pri­mary sus­pect Te­ofilo For­manes.

Last Fe­bru­ary, the city coun­cil ap­proved a P5-mil­lion re­ward for any in­for­ma­tion that would lead to the ar­rest of the sus­pects.

Bel­tran, chair­man of Barangay Bagong Si­lan­gan, and her driver, Mel­chor Salita, were in a Ford Ever­est along JP Rizal street in Fil­in­vest 2 when they were am­bushed on Jan. 30.

The ve­hi­cle crashed into a house af­ter the driver’s side was fired upon by the sus­pects.

For­manes al­legedly broke the win­dow on the pas­sen­ger side of the car and fired at Bel­tran.

Charges of mur­der have been filed against For­manes.

“We hope that the re­ward money will mo­ti­vate other wit­nesses to come out and help the po­lice in solv­ing the crime,” Mon­tejo said.

Probers have yet to de­ter­mine the mo­tive for the killing of Bel­tran, who had planned to run for con­gress­woman of Que­zon City’s sec­ond dis­trict in the last midterm elec­tions.

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