CPPO faces blank wall on Sanchez couple slay probe

Iris Hazel M. Mascardo (The Freeman) - June 25, 2021 - 12:00am

CEBU, Philippines — The Cebu Police Provincial Office (CPPO) is still facing a blank wall in its investigation into the death of a couple who were found dead inside their car in San Fernando town.

CPPO director, Police Colonel Engelbert Soriano, said they are still awaiting the results of their forensic examinations of the pieces of evidence they recovered.

"Sa ngayon ay nag-aantay pa rin kami sa results ng autopsy and doon sa results ng ballistic identification test ng crime lab, meron din tayong request sa Anti-Cybercrime Group, nag-submit rin tayo ng ibang pieces of evidence doon," said Soriano.

"As of this time wala pa kaming konkreto na conclusion," he added.

Without giving the specific, Soriano said the pieces of evidence they recovered could help them shed light on what had transpired prior to the killing.

To recall, a missing couple from Minglanilla town were found dead inside a black pick-up truck on June 19 in the mountain barangay of Tananas in San Fernando town in southern Cebu.

San Fernando police identified the couple as Gavino Sanchez, 49, a businessman, and his 47-year-old wife, Arlene, a teacher of Tubod Elementary School in Minglanilla.

They were reported missing on Wednesday night, June 16.

In an interview yesterday, Soriano said this angle is still among the motives that they are looking into including the robbery and possible involvement in illegal drugs.

"Wala akong masabi kasi pati yung autopsy nga wala pa sa atin...ang hirap mag-conclude kung wala ang forensic findings," said Soriano.

Police Major Eduardo Sanchez, sibling of the couple, has coordinated with the Cebu City Police Office as part of their investigation.

"Wala naman kaming napag-usapan, I just assured them na we will do the best, the most-thorough investigation," said Soriano.

"Makalat eh..makalat pa yung direksyon (investigation)," he added.

Soriano also said they do not discount the possibility that several persons were involved in the murder.

Currently, both the San Fernando and Minglanilla police, along with the investigation unit of the CPPO, were conducting the investigation into the couple's death. — GMR (FREEMAN)

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