Habal-habal driver arrested in slay of call center agent

THE National Bureau of Investigation (NBI)-Central Visayas arrested a motorcycle taxi or habal-habal driver who allegedly robbed and killed a call center agent who was found dead in Barangay Pulangbato, Cebu City, Monday, July 10.

Authorities identified the suspect as Francisco Capalaran Jr., who will undergo an inquest proceeding in the Cebu City Prosecutor's Office for the charges of Robbery with Homicide and Sections 11 (drug possession), 14 (possession of drug paraphernalia) and 15 (use of dangerous drugs) of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

In the initial investigation of the NBI-Central Visayas, Capalaran bore injuries that were defensive wounds during the struggle. He did not provide the agents with satisfactory answers.

Aireen Adolfo, a call center agent, was found dead with her head smashed apparently with a rock in a private lot in Barangay Pulangbato.

A day after the incident, Sherwin Velasquez and Ramonito Tribunalo were arrested during a joint operation conducted by the Cebu City Police Office and Talamban Police Station.

Cebu City Police Office Director Joel Doria said Velasquez and Tribunalo are engaged in robbery and hold-up.

The two of them are also habal-habal drivers in Barangay Pit-os.

Velasquez was the uncle of the victim.

The victim reportedly rode with her uncle around 6 to 7 p.m. on July 9 from Barangay Pit-os.

Velasquez, however, denied being involved in the incident while Tribunalo said he does not know Aireen at all.

Velasquez said on the night of the incident, he was with his cousins in Mandaue Coliseum to watch a cockfight.

Investigation and Detective Management Branch Chief Supterintendent Ryan Devaras said that a few meters away from the crime scene, investigators found a dead gamefowl that had lost in a cockfight, confirming Velasquez’s previous statement that he came from a cockfight in Mandaue City on Sunday, July 9.

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Tribunalo was cleared of his participation to the crime but is facing a case for possession of illegal ammunitions.

Velasquez is detained for having 10 grams of methamphetamine hydrochloride or “shabu” in his possession during the body frisk when he was picked up for questioning on July 11. (JOB/SunStar Cebu)