Bizman, 2 pals face murder rap PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 24 September 2011 16:36

A businessman engaged in sand and gravel business and his two companions are in hot water after the Sangali police station under Chief Insp. Elmer Acuña has forwarded to the City Prosecutor Office a murder case against them based on a witness’ sworn statement that they allegedly killed and buried two times a man in Cacao last month.

Police identified the suspects as Hipolito Solis, III, a businessman,  Apolinar Austria and Garry Francisco.

Acuña said they have forwarded the murder case to the city prosecutor office last September 19, 2011.

A police report disclosed that a witness from Barangay Cacao has come forward amid the continuous investigation on the recovery of a body that was exhumed in Barangay Cabaluay last August 20, 2011.

The body was earlier reported as unidentified and it was buried at the Talabaan public cemetery because it was already decomposing.

Later on, Edwina Gagaracruz appeared at the Sangali police station and reported that her husband Benjamin Gagaracruz, a worker of Solis, went missing for several days.

Investigators dug the case deeper and found a witness from Barangay Cacao who told them that he was able to witness Solis, Austria and Francisco allegedly digging a pit in Cacao in the morning last August 14 where they later allegedly buried a naked male body.

Police showed the witness a picture of the body that was exhumed in Cabaluay and he (witness) confirmed it as the same body he saw Solis and his companions allegedly burying in Cacao.

Edwina also recognized the body as that of her husband.
As investigation continued, police learned that Solis and his companions allegedly killed Benjamin Gagaracruz and buried his body in Cacao where they were seen by the witness.

However, they exhumed again the body and brought it to bushes in Cabaluay where they buried it again after they sensed that they were seen by some residents in Cacao.

A police report added that Benjamin went into hiding for several days and was communicating his wife through cell phone telling her that Solis was hunting him due to personal dispute.

Recently, Solis and Edwina Gagaracruz met at the Sangali police station for a confrontation, but the former denied having knowledge on her husband’s death.
Acuña said that Solis, Austria and Francisco will be arrested as soon as the court will issue a warrant of arrest. — Dan Toribio Jr.