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Saturday, 08 February 2014 13:46

Slain COA auditor was in the midst of  crucial auditing job in Basilan — Source

Who was behind the gunslay of COA auditor Ester Pierra Galaroza? Was her killing related to her work or was it caused by other motives like personal dispute?

These questions were raised by police investigators as they continued to dig deeper yesterday into the killing that took place some few meters from a police outpost near the intersection in Sta. Cruz Market, this city last Thursday night.

Galaroza, 54, State Auditor III of the Commission on Audit (COA) assigned in Isabela City,  Basilan was driving a Honda Civic with   Renella Avella y Hashim, also a State Auditor, beside her in the front seat, on their way to her residence in Guiwan when gunmen peppered her car with bullets before 7 p.m.

Galaroza sustained bullet wounds in the body and was rushed to a hospital where she expired later.

Police said that Galaroza and Avella arrived in this city from Isabela City last Thursday afternoon and proceeded to the COA office in Cabatangan where she got her car.

From Cabatangan, Galaroza drove the car and headed for Guiwan,  but when they were near the entrance of Sta. Market along Gov. Camins Avenue, two men aboard a motorcycle appeared and the backrider opened fire on them around 6:30 p.m. Avella was not hit by the bullets.

Witnesses said the shooting was about 15 meters from a police action center. However policemen had difficulties exchanging fire with the assailants because of the crowd and the number of vehicles in the crossing where motorists and pedestrians may be hit by stray bullets.

The gunmen sped towards unknown direction, police said.

Recovered at the crime scene were seven spent shells and one slug of .45 caliber pistol.

Acting City Police Director Sr. Supt. Angelito Casimiro directed his men to dig deeper into  the case.

Sources said Galaroza was winding up a crucial auditing job involving certain government functionaries in Basilan before she was shot dead in this city Thursday.

In 2007, another COA female official, Atty. Vilma Agias, was gunned in Tumaga.

PO2 Arthur Gomez, who went AWOL (Absent Without Leave) was linked to Agias’ gunslay.

Agias was driving her jeep on her way to work when gunmen aboard a motorcycle opened fire on her. Three suspects who were arrested after the killing pointed to Gomez as the alleged person who planned the execution.