08 April 2014

Massacre Victims in Oriental Mindoro Deserve Justice

Justice for Massacre Victims
There house may be far, isolated and hard to reach, but it does not mean that the family who were killed should not get justice.

Worse and chilling about this incident is that the suspects did not even spare the life of a 2-year old boy when they opened fire at a house of a farmer around 8:00 AM in Sitio Tubigan, Barangay Labonan, Bonganon, Oriental Mindoro.

Senior Superintendent Ronaldo de Jesus, police director, said that killed in the massacre were Hector Saulong and his children Rick Rick, 25, and Stephanie, 23, as well as his grandson Prince Clarence, 2.

The massacre is the first heinous crime in Oriental Mindoro since 2004 when Army soldiers gunned down eight people in what was dubbed as the “Victoria massacre.”

Police are now hunting five men who, three months ago, were also accused of having killed the eldest son in the same family, David.

Saulong's wife, Josephine, survived because she was inside the bathroom when the suspects barged into their house. She identified Mark Anthony Flores, a distant relative of the victims, as one of those who served as "lookouts," along with a certain "Alex."

Flores later surrendered and denied any participation in the heinous crime. He claimed he was somewhere in Batangas when the incident occurred.

"Kilala niya po dahil magkakamag-anak sila. Hindi niya inamin na nandoon siya sa mismong lugar ng insidente. Ang sinasabi niya po nasa Batangas siya at that time," De Jesus told reporters.

A friend of "Alex" and Flores, identified as Reymero Maligo Jr., was also identified as a suspect. A manhunt operation is ongoing.

"Isa kasing posible na maging motibo, 'yung suspek po kasi sa pagkamatay ni David, kakilala po nina Mark Anthony at Alex at inaareglo po si Hector para iurong na 'yung demanda doon sa kakilala. Hindi po pumayag itong si Hector [at] parang 'yun po 'yung pinagsimulan," De Jesus said.