Suspect in Malabon barangay chair's slay surrenders to cops

The suspect in the killing of the chairman of Barangay Tonsuya, Malabon City last May surrendered to the members of the Malabon City Police Station (MCPS) on Wednesday, Dec. 28.

Col. Amante Daro, MCPS chief, identified the suspect as Jennifer Loquez, 45, the current barangay captain of Tonsuya.

Based on the initial report, members of the city police’s Warrant and Subpoena Section conducted an operation against wanted persons along Sangcianco Street, Barangay Catmon at around 11:50 a.m. on Wednesday to serve a warrant of arrest against the suspect.

However, her involvement in the killing of the victim, former Barangay Tonsuya Chairman Filemon Villanueva, was not disclosed by the police.

Loquez has a warrant of arrest for murder issued by Malabon City Regional Trial Court Branch 293 Presiding Judge Josie N. Rodil on Dec. 27, 2022, with no bail recommended.

Villanueva, 68, was approached and gunned down by two motorcycle-riding men at around 9:35 a.m. on May 9, while he was sitting in front of his house on C. Perez St., Barangay Tonsuya at around 9 a.m.

He was rushed to the Manila Central University Hospital for treatment but was declared dead at around 3 p.m. on the same day.

Loquez is now detained at the MCPS Custodial Facility.

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