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Killing of the owner of Via Bohol Tourist Inn

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MIKELIGALIG.com:
CIDG says documents on suspects in order
By KIT BAGAIPO (published by The Bohol Chronicle in 2009)

The alleged gun-for-hire tagged in the killing of the owner of Via Bohol Tourist Inn blasted police investigators yesterday claiming he is a "frame-up" victim.

As the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) at Camp Dagohoy prepares its nine witnesses for today's preliminary hearing at the City Prosecutor's Office, the alleged hired gunman said police operatives are just looking for fall guys to have an immediate closure on their investigation.

Via Bohol owner Victoriano Taray, 48, was gunned down by a lone suspect in the early morning of March 12, 2009 after hearing mass at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit in barangay Ubujan, this city.

Named respondents in the murder case filed by the CIDG are Aurelia Taray alias Au-au, the wife of the victim; Arnaldo Sarto alias Bogs of barangay Atchila, Ubay; and Renato Sabalande alias Rene, a resident of Poblacion Dagohoy.

Based on corroborating statements of witnesses, Sarto was the alleged triggerman contracted for the slay job by the victim's wife through Sabalande for a sum of P150,000.

All three accused are still at large while the Bohol Police Provincial Office is said to be providing tight security to the witnesses during today's hearing at the Hall of Justice, this city.

"POLICE SET-UP"

Sarto, the suspected gun-for-hire, called up the Chronicle yesterday lambasting police investigators as he denied any involvement in Taray's murder.

He said the police should dig deeper into the case and correct the injustice of pointing to him as the fall guy.

According to Sarto, he does not know Aurelia or any plot perpetrated to kill the latter's husband.

The suspect disclosed he will be consulting a police official regarding his predicament but will remain in hiding until the CIDG will conduct an honest investigation.

PNP CHIEF'S ORDER

In an interview with the Chronicle, Chief Inspector Germano Mallari, CIDG-Bohol chief, said their investigation was in order.

Mallari pointed out that identifying the suspects through their witnesses was a result of diligent and careful police work.

The police official admitted that the case got the attention of PNP Director General Jesus Versoza after the mother of the victim wrote the former regarding the status of the case.

It was upon Versoza's direct orders that the investigation was turned over to the CIDG from the City PNP.

"STRONG CASE"

C/Insp. Mallari is confident that they have built a strong case against the three suspects.

The criminal complaint filed by the CIDG is buttressed by 11 affidavits of witnesses.

However, only three of which linked the wife of the victim with regards to her supposed participation in the crime.

The preliminary hearing will be conducted by City Prosecutor Alberto Rara this afternoon.

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