Saturday, April 14, 2012

Nueva Ecija Land Dispute Ends up in Crime

The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) did not send agents to arrest the couple, who along with a daughter, were later found dead with bodies riddled with bullets in a barangay road in Barangay Mayamot here, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said on Thursday.

Supt. Roberto Aliggayu, director of the provincial police, said that the NBI provincial has no information on the identities of the suspects who allegedly "arrested" Fernandito De Guzman, 57, and Rosalinda, 52, of Barangay Panabingan around 6 a.m. Wednesday.

The couple, along with their daughter, Norie De Guzman Dela Cruz, 24, were found lying dead on the road pavement around 6:20 of that morning.

Chief Inspector Armando Santiago, town police chief, said Dela Cruz insisted to accompany her parents to the NBI-Cabanatuan field office.

Aliggayu said that the NBI chief "has not issued any order to implement any warrant of arrest in the area as required by their standard operating procedure."

Follow up investigation, he said, showed that the De Guzman patriarch, a caretaker in a vast land property in San Antonio town, faced illegal possession of firearms charges for allegedly possessing a shotgun, grease gun and a garand rifle being used in guarding the property which is a subject of long time dispute with a group of farmers in 2008.

Santiago said the victims succumbed to multiple gunshot wounds from cal. 45 pistol and M-16 Armalite rifle.

Investigation showed that the De Guzman was on his way to the provincial road of this town along with son-in-law Marcos Dela Cruz on board a tricycle when intercepted by four persons on a van without plate number who allegedly presented an arrest warrant in Barangay Panabingan.

They were then brought back to their house to pick up the wife, allegedly because she was also subject of a separate arrest warrant.

Fernandito De Guzman Jr., the victims' son, said his father had once told him about a death threat purportedly over a long-running battle for a large agricultural property in the town.

He stopped short of saying though that he was not aware of particulars in the land issue since he was serving as a pastor for a Baptist church in Batangas.

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