This, after he was identified as the last man who had talked to one of the victims on the phone on the night of the murders.
Task force chairman Senior Supt. Wendy Rosario told Punto that the man used to be a driver of somebody who used to play poker with businessman Florencio Yap.
Yap was killed together with Rene Tetangco, brother of BSP governor Amando Tetangco, and a certain Dennis Guinto in this city and neighboring Mabalacat town.
Rosario said the driver, whom he declined to name, reportedly owed Yap some P60,000. His cell phone number was the last to be dialed by Yap on his phone.
He said a woman had identified the number as belonging to the driver who was her friend. Apparently, however, the driver had already junked the SIM card bearing that number, he noted.
“It would seem that the driver was in the area of Nueva Ecija when Yap called him up. It was the last call Yap made at about 7:51 p.m. on the night they were murdered,” Rosario said.
The bodies of the three were found in Yap’s Ford Expedition van abandoned on an empty lot along Friendship Avenue in Barangay Pampang here. They were apparently killed elsewhere but the suspect drove their bodies to the site to confuse probers. The victims were on their way to King’s Poker and Sports Club in this city when they were killed sometime between 7:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. last June 2.
The three victims were supposed to play poker with former Bacolor Mayor Buddy Dungca and defeated mayoral candidate Dinan Labung at King’s club, but they never reached their destination.
Rosario clarified, however, that the driver was not employed by either Dungca or Labung. “The driver used to work for another person with whom Yap had played poker with for about a year before the murders,” he said.
Rosario said the driver might have decoyed victims, who were already driving to King’s, to another destination for the murder plot.
This, even as the task force has identified a fenced property with a warehouse in Barangay Sta. Cruz in Porac, Pampanga as the probable site of the still unsolved murders.