The Philippine Star

4 sus­pects in Mas­bate vice mayor’s slay freed

- By MARC JAYSON CAYABYAB

A Manila prose­cu­tor has or­dered the re­lease of four sus­pects in the killing of Bat­uan, Mas­bate Vice Mayor Char­lie Yu­son III for fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Joven­cio Se­na­dos, in­quest di­vi­sion chief of the Manila prose­cu­tor’s of­fice, or­dered the re­lease of Brad­ford So­lis, Juanito de Luna, Junel Gomez and Rigor de la Cruz.

The charges of mur­der and frus­trated mur­der filed against the sus­pects were “re­ferred for fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion” by the prose­cu­tor.

The or­der was is­sued on Oct. 11, a day af­ter the al­leged gun­men were ar­rested when the li­cense plate of the ve­hi­cle they re­port­edly used in the crime was cap­tured on closed-cir­cuit tele­vi­sion footage.

Yu­son was shot dead while eat­ing break­fast in an eatery along VG Cruz street in Sam­paloc, Manila on Oct. 9.

Manila chief prose­cu­tor Joselito Obe­jas yes­ter­day said the re­lease of the sus­pects does not mean that the case has been dis­missed.

“If the in­quest dis­po­si­tion is for re­lease for fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion, the case has not been dis­missed. A pre­lim­i­nary probe will still be con­ducted thereon,” Obe­jas said.

Maj. Rom­mel Anicete, chief of the Manila Po­lice Dis­trict Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion and De­tec­tion Unit, con­firmed that the sus­pects were re­leased from the MPD cus­tody on Fri­day.

“But the case is far from over. The city prose­cu­tor will still sub­ject them to pre­lim­i­nary in­ves­ti­ga­tion,” Anicete said.

MPD di­rec­tor Brig. Gen. Vi­cente Danao Jr. said the re­lease of the sus­pects “is be­yond their con­trol.”

“Rest as­sured that the MPD will ex­er­cise the full arm of the law to at­tain jus­tice for the vice mayor’s fam­ily,” Danao said.

Yu­son’s wife had ac­cused Philip­pine Char­ity Sweep­stakes Of­fice board mem­ber San­dra Cam of sup­pos­edly mas­ter­mind­ing the mur­der.

Cam’s son, Marco Martin Cam, was de­feated by the vic­tim’s son, Char­max Jan Yu­son, for mayor of Bat­uan in the last elec­tions.

The elder Cam has de­nied the al­le­ga­tion.

 ?? EDD GUMBAN ?? Per­son­nel of the Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­ment and Nat­u­ral Re­sources col­lect sacks of trash from Manila Bay yes­ter­day.
EDD GUMBAN Per­son­nel of the Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­ment and Nat­u­ral Re­sources col­lect sacks of trash from Manila Bay yes­ter­day.

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