‘Persons of interest’ in Labuson slay not found

By Jennifer P. Rendon


The Jaro police have two “persons of interest” behind the killing of a teenager who chased a robber last Black Saturday.

But Captain Eduardo Siacon, Jaro police chief, said they might have hit a snag as both persons could not be found at their last known address.

One of them was from Iloilo province while the other one is a resident of Lapuz district, Iloilo City.

“We went to their last known residence and both of them were not there,” Siacon said.

He said they are trying to dig deeper as to when the two left home and their present addresses.

The police earlier came up with the two possible suspects based on the modus operandi used by the gunman who killed Carl Dominic Labuson.

Based on Jaro police’s rogue’s gallery, at least two persons employ such robbing tactic.

Siacon confirmed that the gunman was wearing a nutshell helmet and was masked when he staged the botched robbery.

The woman victim in the botched robbery had pointed to the Iloilo province-based person of interest as the possible suspect.

She based her assessment on the eyes, the color of the suspect’s facial skin, and his built.

But Siacon said he was more akin to believing that the Lapuz resident was more likely to be behind the incident.

“For now, we are gathering more evidence and testimonies to strengthen our investigation,” he said,

Siacon said they’re also reviewing more CCTV cameras that could help them in the identification of the suspect.

Based on CCTV footages, the assailant was driving a black Honda Click 150i motorcycle with no license plate.

The victim’s family has earlier offered a P100,000 monetary reward for those who could provide leads or information that would lead to the identification and, possible, arrest of the gunman who shot the 19-year-old Labuson evening of Black Saturday.

The victim, a resident of Barangay Carimayor, Leganes, Iloilo and son of Leganes Sangguniang Bayan member Larry Labuson, was killed by the robber he was trying to chase near the entrance of Metropolis Subdivision in Barangay Tagbac, Jaro, around 7:30 p.m.

He succumbed to a gunshot wound on the right temple and chest.

The victim was a college student taking up a Maritime course.

He was pronounced dead on arrival at the nearby Metro Iloilo Hospital and Medical Center.