GUIMBA, Nueva Ecija – Police have tagged a security guard as one of the prime suspects in the killing of an electric cooperative supervisor last December 6 in Barangay Guiset, this town.
Senior Supt. Bob Alligayu, Nueva Ecija police director, said yesterday they included Sonny Romero Bryan Leal, security guard, as one of the suspects in the robbery-slaying of victim Wenceslao Batangan Pornuevo, 58, married, supervisor of Nueva Ecija Electric Corporation II (NEECO II), Talugtog Sub-Ofﬁce.
Alligayu said that based on their investigation, Pornuevo and Leal left their ofﬁce at about 5:15 p.m. on December 6 to transport the collection money of the company.
The victim was on board his owner-type jeep (CLL 927) while Leal, his security escort, drove his motorcycle Suzuki Smash (2779 YO).
Upon reaching Barangay Guiset, the victim hurriedly parked his vehicle and walked toward a barangay hall as if he was being chased, but he later went back to his jeep to get his small black bag containing the collection money.
At this juncture, two men riding tandem on motorcycle arrived and shot the victim in the chest. They took away the victim’s bag and sped off toward Barangay Tandoc, Talugtog, Nueva Ecija.
A day after the incident, Leal appeared at the police station and conﬁrmed that he escorted Pornuevo, but claimed that during their travel he was forced to park his motorcycle upon reaching Christ the King Church when his vehicle encountered brake problem.
Leal said he resumed driving and followed the victim after ﬁxing his motorbike for about two minutes. It was then that he saw Porneuvo already lying face down near the barangay hall.
When interrogated, Leal told police probers that he did not notice motorcycle-riding men in the area when the killing happened.
“This road is not a busy road and seldom you can see vehicles passing by and, therefore, it is impossible on the part of Bryan Leal, the suspect, not to notice the presence of motorcycle-riding men,” Supt. Renato O. David, chief of police here, said after inspecting the crime scene.
Police said they ﬁled robbery with homicide charges against the suspects before the Cabanatuan Prosecutor’s Ofﬁce. (Freddie C. Velez)