Police face blank wall on triple slay

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    CABANATUAN CITY – A week after the broad daylight killing of Guillermo Bernardo, barangay captain of San Francisco, Sto. Domingo, that also resulted to the gruesome deaths of a former village head and his sister, the case seems to be one for statistics of unsolved crimes in the province.

    This as the Philippine National Police (PNP) said that no witness has so far cooperated fully to shed light despite the fact that the killing was done at about 1:30 p.m. in an open area.

    Killed with Bernardo were former Barangay Captain Dionisio Santos and Evangeline Santos-De Guzman. The two were with the village head to oversee the construction of the chapel being constructed in a lot donated by their family.

    “We have a number of witnesses who saw the killings but they refuse to cooperate with us, that’s why we are having difficulty in solving the killings,” said Senior Supt. Ricardo Marquez, provincial police director.

    Three others were wounded in the broad daylight slayings.

    Marquez said he believed the killing could have been motivated by vengeance. But police, he said, could not dig deeper in the absence of any witnesses.

    Even Guillermo’s relatives refused to speak out about the incident, fearing it could escalate into something worse. “Ayaw muna naming umimik baka lumaki pa ito,” a relative said.

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