“I have also given a region wide alert for the Kia Carnival van with plate no. QAE 333. It is possible that the culprits could be from Central Luzon as they seemed to be aware which areas were isolated enough for them to burn the bodies of their victims without the risk of being observed by any witness,” Purisima said in an interview.
Emerson Lozano, 44, and his driver Ernani Sensil, 32, were supposed to sell the car to a prospective buyer whom they were set to meet at a gas station along Commonwealth Avenue last Jan. 12. They were reported missing later, together with the car.
Sensil’s body was found the following day in La Paz, Tarlac while that of Lozano was discovered the next day, although the latter’s identity was established only last Monday. Both of the victims were apparently shot in the head before their bodies were burned.
Purisima said that the special task force he created to look into the Lozano case is headed by Senior Supt. Wendy Rosario, chief of operations of the Central Luzon police, with officers from the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG), crime laboratory, regional intelligence division and the provincial police operatives of Tarlac and Pampanga as members.
He said the task force is supposed to submit to him today its first report on progress of their investigation. The task force is closely coordinating with the Quezon City police and probers from Camp Crame on the case, he noted.
”The case started in Quezon City but ended in our region with the discovery of the bodies in Tarlac and Pampanga,” he said.
He said that as of yesterday, there were neither any sighting of the missing Kia van nor any witness to the dumping and burning of the bodies.
“My men are out there and still hopeful that someone might have witnessed anything that could give us any information on the case,” he added.