POLICE arrested and filed murder charges against eight suspects behind the killing of a South Korean businessman in Valenzuela City almost two weeks ago, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said on Tuesday.
Police Brig. Gen. Ildebrandi Usana, PNP spokesman, identified the suspects involved in the death of Nam Sunuk as Kimberly Radores, Rica Estrella, Rusty Hernandez Cruz, Josephine Pidlaoan Nape, Leana Marie Nagaño alias “Yana,” Bryan Saga Gulfo, Bryan Remlona Escamillas, and a policeman, Cpl. Darwin Garcia Castillo.
Usana said the eight suspects will be presented to state prosecutors for inquest proceedings.
PNP Chief Debold Sinas said that three of the suspects–Radores, Estrella and Castillo–“executed extrajudicial confessions” about the circumstances of the Korean’s death last February 13.
Police investigators recovered a Norinco caliber .45 pistol and a red Honda Civic vehicle, which they believed were used in the crime.
Nam was shot dead at the backseat of his SUV on the night of February 13 along Padrigal extension, Maysan, Valenzuela, by Gulfo, Escamillas and Castillo “tailing behind in a back-up car,” according to Sinas.
“The other suspects participated in the crime as contact persons and facilitators for the hitmen,” Sinas added.
In a message later in the day, Usana said P80,000 was paid to the three killers and P100,000 to the main planner of the crime “but payable after one month.”
“Beneficiaries will receive P100 million for the insurance in Korea. The main motive is insurance and [Nam Sunuk] was ordered killed,” Usana said.
Police are now looking at other leads to establish an “airtight case” against the suspects which include the e-mail exchanges between the victims and some of the tagged suspects.