Thursday, July 5, 2018

Suspects arrested in killing Fr. Nilo of Nueva Ecija, a 'self-confessed gunman'

Fr. Richmond Nilo and suspect. Image credit combined from Bulatlat and ABS-CBN photos
The suspects in the killing of a priest in Nueva Ecija was arrested with the mastermind identified as the uncle of a seminarian whom the slained priest pressed charges against for sexually abusing altar servers.

Father Richmond Nilo was gunned down while he was preparing for mass in a chapel in Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija by two hitmen hired by businessman Manuel Torres.

 Director General Oscar Albayalde, chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP), said that they were able to track down Torres after the two other suspects identified him.

Manuel hired the services of Omar Mallari alias Bulik and Marius Albis for P100,000 through the help of a close friend, Rolando Garcia.

Mallari was tagged as the one who executed the assassination plan against Nilo last June 10, 2018.

The PNP Chief disclosed that the motives were clear since Manuel’s nephew, Christopher Torres, was charged for sexually abusing four minor altar servers last year.

“It was Father Nilo who helped the victims in pressing charges against the seminarian which include a case of rape,” said Albayalde.

Christopher was unable to reach his dream of becoming a priest, and this enraged Manuel.

“As a result, Manuel Torres got mad because his nephew Christopher Torres was not able to become a priest because of the charges. And he contacted Rolando Garcia to find a gunman,” said Albayalde.

Manuel has allegedly paid P40,000 as initial payment to the hitmen and paid another P40,000 after the killing. He still has a balance of P20,000.

The PNP were able to trace the suspects after finding a burned vehicle in the crime scene.

While the Nissan Sentra had several owners after it was sold multiple times, police were able to determine that Mallari was its latest owner.

“Using the deed of sales for the same vehicle, we found out that the last owner of that car is Omar Mallari,” said Director Roel Obusan, head of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG).

Mallari was caught and arrested in Pampanga on June 22, 2018.

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