Hotel Salwa owner shot dead, 2 killers arrested PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 13 June 2014 13:02

The female owner of Hotel Salwa loated along Gov. Camins Avenue was killed while their security guard was wounded when two gunmen broke into the hotel  and shot them yesterday morning.

The two alleged killers were arrested at Canelar Moret few minutes after the shooting

Hadja Salwa Julwadi sustained bullet wounds in the body and was rushed to the Western Mindanao Medical Center where she expired while undergoing treatment.

Michael Tista, on-duty security guard at the said hotel, was wounded in the right shoulder and was confined in the hospital.

The two alleged killers were identified as Ernesto Bello and Silbert Villareal, former CAFGU volunteers and residents of Mangusu.

A police report disclosed that Salwa was at the premises of the hotel when Bello and Villareal arrived and reportedly shot her and Tista at close range around 9:25 a.m.

Police said after the two gunmen carried out their slay plot, they rushed out of the hotel and fled on foot leaving behind their Honda XRM motorcycle parked outside. They ran towards the back portion of the hotel until they ended up in Canelar Moret.

It was learned that when the duo reached Canelar Moret they spotted Norvin Laidan, a motorcycle mechanic who was driving a motorcycle on a road test. Bello and Villareal tried to hire Laidan to bring them away from Canelar.

However, Laidan refused to do so explaining that he is a motorcycle mechanic and the XRM he was bringing belongs to a client.

Laidan told the police that Villareal forcibly rode his motorcycle as backrider but he drove the XRM recklessly causing the latter to fall on the pavement.

Villareal and Bello then ran towards Johnston Drive, San Jose, but they were cornered by Canelar barangay officials who turned them over to the police.

The XRM motorcycle which was left by the suspects outside Salwa Hotel was confiscated by the police. It was later learned that the motorcyccle was registered under the name of Anastacio Vidad of Curuan.

The suspects told the police that it was a certain Joseph Falcasantos of Curuan who paid them to kill  Julwadi for yet unknown reason.

In an interview, Villareal admitted the crime and said that his .38 caliber revolver and the .45 caliber pistol of Bello were thrown away while they were trying to escape after the shooting.

The suspects were placed under paraffin test while charges of murder and frustrated murder were being readied by the police against them. – Dan Toribio Jr.