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Police eye 3 angles in Bulacan massacre

Posted by Abi Kwok on September 15, 2008

By Abigail Kwok
First Posted 12:35:00 09/15/2008


MANILA, Philippines — Police are looking at either a love triangle, land dispute, or labor dispute that could have resulted in the massacre of a family of four in Bulacan, including two teenage girls, an official said on Monday.

Senior Superintendent Allen Bantolo, Bulacan regional police director, told that responding Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO) have discovered a pair of combat boot tracks plus shells from a caliber .45 pistol from the crime scene.

The suspect could also have used a silencer because neighbors reportedly heard nothing at the time of the shooting, Bantolo said.

He said that they could be looking for one suspect because of the presence of just one pair of tracks inside their home, but was quick to add that the suspect’s companions could have been waiting outside.

Bantolo also clarified reports that there was no forced entry in the Mojica home. Follow-up investigations have revealed that the door chain of the Mojicas was snapped broken “so pwedeng nabuksan na yung pinto ng mga Mojica, nakita nila yung suspect at gusto nila isara kaso tinulak na yung pinto kaya natanggal yung [so it’s possible that the door of the Mojicas was opened, and then when they saw the suspect decided to close it again. But the door had been pushed so the] chain [snapped],” he said.

Teofilo, 55, his wife, Florita, 58, and two children Mary Grace and Gina were killed by still unidentified men inside their home at Pleasant Hills Subdivision in San Jose del Monte, Bulacan Friday last week.

The incident occurred past 3 a.m. but police responded to the scene at around 8:30 a.m. “Kung natawagan sana kami agad eh di nahabol pa namin sana yung suspect [If only we were immediately called, then maybe we could have run after the suspect],” Bantolo said.

He also said that the killing of the Mojicas was the first “grave” incident in the province of Bulacan.

Bantolo said it was possible that a love triangle could have caused the crime because of the two unmarried daughters of the Mojicas.

Teofilo’s position at the DA Employees Association also placed him at risk for possible conflicts with his co-employees, while their home in Bulacan might also be the source of a rift with a neighbor, he added.


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