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Murder raps filed vs 4 Resuello slay suspects

May 2, 2007 3:16pm

(Update) Police in Region 1 filed on Tuesday double murder and multiple frustrated murder charges against four suspects in the April 28 shooting incident in San Carlos City in Pangasinan province that led to the death of Mayor Julian Resuello and his civilian aide.

National Police chief Director General Oscar Calderon identified those charged as Angelito Soriano, Cesar de Guzman (alias Kabesa) and two John Does.

The charges were filed before the city prosecutor's office following the identification of the two suspects by two witnesses under the custody of the police, Calderon said.

Despite the filing of cases, however, PNP spokesman Chief Superintendent Samuel Pagdilao could not say yet that the case is already solved since investigators have yet to ascertain whether the suspects acted on their own or were hired to shoot Resuello.

Also, Pagdilao said police have yet to ascertain if Soriano is related to the Soriano political clan in the city.

Soriano remains confined at the Elguera Hospital where he is being treated for a gunshot wound on his leg. He was found to be positive of gunpowder nitrates on the right hand when subjected to paraffin test.

On the other hand, De Guzman, who is said to be a former errand boy of the slain mayor, remains at large. Pagdilao said the reward for De Guzman's arrest was raised to P500,000.

Earlier, former city mayor Douglas Soriano was linked to the killing of Resuello. The former mayor is seeking the vice mayoral post of the city against Resuello.

Soriano has since denied involvement in the shooting incident that also left five civilians wounded.

On Monday, the Commission on Elections placed San Carlos City under its control. - GMANews.TV
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