PNP NEWS RELEASE

AUTHORITY :           PSUPT ANNA LIZA M GUZMAN
                               Chief, PCR Branch/ PIO, Pampanga PPO
                               9633874/ pcr_pampppo_r03 @yahoo.com.ph

DATE             :       August 1, 2013

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 Suspect in the Killing of the Secretary of Masantol Mayor IDENTIFIED

         The Pampanga PPO under the leadership of PSSUPT OSCAR D ALBAYALDE, Officer-in-Charge identified the suspect in the killing of Lorenzo Viray, Secretary of the Municipal Mayor of Masantol Pampanga last July 29, 2013.

            In a follow up investigation conducted by PCI JOWEN DELA CRUZ, OIC of Masantol MPS, and through the testimony given by the witnesses, suspect was identified as Andres Melo Jr aka “Yoyong Melo” of Barangay Consuelo, Macabebe, Pampanga. Said suspect has a pending warrant of arrest for a Murder Case issued last November 11, 2003 by Hon. Maria Josephine M Rosario-Mercado presiding judge of Regional Trial Court Branch 55, Macabebe, Pampanga under Criminal Case No. 03-3403.

            Yesterday, July 31, 2013, a case of MURDER was filed against the Andres Melo Jr and his unidentified cohort at the Provincial Prosecutors Office administered by prosecutor Arsenio V Bumacod under IS No.III-12-INV-13G-01945 relative to the killing of Viray.

            The Provincial government is reaching out to the public regarding the whereabouts of the suspects. Hon. Vice Governor Dennis “Delta” Pineda and another concerned citizen is giving out a total of P200,000.00 as a reward to anyone who can give any information that would lead to the arrest of the gunmen.

            Further, several angles are being pursued as motives in the killing of the secretary Viray. PSSUPT OSCAR ALBAYALDE directed all the units of Pampanga PPO to be on alert and find the suspects. The Pampanga PPO will not rest until justice is served to the family of the victim.