Cell phone holds clue on slay mastermind
- Jun Elias () - August 8, 2007 - 12:00am

SAN FERNANDO, La Union – The missing cellular phone of the gunman in Monday’s killing of the municipal treasurer of Bauang, La Union holds the clue on who masterminded the attack, police said.

“That’s very important. I hope we can recover it because the gunman, after he shot the victim, was seen texting or calling somebody, probably a back-up who failed to arrive to rescue him,” said Chief Superintendent Leopoldo Bataoil, Ilocos regional police director.

Bataoil said the suspect, Rogelio Ordoña, was positively identified as the one who gunned down municipal treasurer Felicidad Picar while she was waiting for a ride along the national highway in Barangay Santiago, Bauang town.

He said Ordoña tested positive for gunpowder residue from a caliber .45 pistol.

Ordoña allegedly lost his cell phone in a forested area in the coastal village of Barangay Urayong where he was arrested.

Bataoil said Ordoña was luckily caught alive because he might be convinced later on to reveal the person who ordered him to kill Picar.

Bataoil believes that somebody might be behind Picar’s killing and the recent explosions in La Union.

“This killing could not have been done casually without somebody orchestrating it,” he said.

Bataoil said he ordered the La Union police to ensure tight security for Ordoña because “if something happens to him, we might not be able to uncover more information that are very vital (to identify the) other suspects.”

Police are looking into various angles in the Picar slay, particularly politics because she chaired the municipal board of canvassers in the May 14 elections.  – With Cesar Ramirez

BARANGAY SANTIAGO BARANGAY URAYONG BATAOIL BAUANG CHIEF SUPERINTENDENT LEOPOLDO BATAOIL LA UNION PICAR
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