By Glazyl Masculino
BACOLOD CITY – The Negros Oriental Police Provincial Office (Norppo) has collected another evidence in the murder case of radio broadcaster Dindo Generoso who was gunned down in Dumaguete City early this month.
This development came after two fabricated license plates (FAX 5801), aside from other personal belongings were recovered in a Mitsubishi Strada owned by Tomasino Aledro, an alleged financier of Small Town Lottery (STL) in the province, who was among the four suspects tagged in the said killing.
Col. Julian Entoma, Negros Oriental police director, said authorities opened the pick-up truck on Wednesday through a search warrant issued by Regional Trial Court Executive Judge Gerardo Paguio Jr. in Dumaguete City, to check for latent prints which could help them in their investigation.
The said vehicle was found in a secluded area at Brgy. West Balabag, Valencia town, a few days after the killing happened last Nov. 7.
Entoma said no prints were visible upon checking, but two fake license plates recovered from the vehicle can be considered significant in the investigation of the said murder case.
Entoma said that the recovered fake license plates matched the license plate of a pick-up truck captured in the closed-circuit television (CCTV) camera footage near the crime scene.
“Idadagdag namin ito sa aming ebidensya. Bakit may pekeng plaka? Baka intentional na ginawa yun, na puwedeng may conspiracy din iyong may ari,” he added.
Aledro’s brother-in-law Teddy Salaw was the alleged driver of the said vehicle, where Patrolman Roger Rubio was riding before he transferred to a motorcycle allegedly driven by retired Corporal Glenn Corsame.
Corsame and Salaw are now in police custody while Rubio, who was earlier accused as the alleged gunman, surrendered to the authorities, a week after the incident happened.
Entoma said Rubio, who went absent without official leave (Awol) is currently restricted and under the Personnel Holding Action Section at the Norppo headquarters while he is facing pre-charge investigation.
Entoma said Rubio completely denied the accusations against him during their conversation, though he admitted knowing Salaw and Corsame.
Aledro is still at large. All four suspects are facing murder charges.
Meanwhile, Generoso, a blocktimer of dyEM 96.7 Bai Radio, was laid to rest last week.