Authorities will still continue with their investigation on the assassination of Brgy. Bagong Silangan, Quezon chairwoman Crisell ‘Beng’ Beltran even if they have arrested the four of the six suspected perpetrators of the crime.
National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) chief P/Dir. Guillermo Eleazar on Monday, Feb. 4, said that the case ‘is not entirely solved’ and that they’re still looking for the mastermind behind the ambush.
Eleazar added that the murder of Beltran could have been motivated by politics, her businesses, or even her personal life.
“Itutuloy natin ang malaliman na imbestigasyon na ito. Eventually malalaman ito ng publiko through the media,” Eleazar promised during DZRH’s Pangunahing Balita.
Eleazar, along with Quezon City Police District Dir. PC/Supt. Joselito Esquiviel and acting mayor Josefina Belmonte on Sunday, Feb. 3, presented the suspects: Ruel Juab, 38; Orlando Juab, 32; Teofilo Formanez, 48; and Joppy Juab, 28 to reporters during a press conference at Camp Karingal.
Authorities apprehended Formanez at Commonwealth Market after he was positively identified by a witness who saw how motorcycle riding suspects shot Beltran and her driver while on board a sports utility vehicle along J.P. Rizal in Brgy. Bagong Silangan on Wednesday, Jan. 30.
Following his arrest, Formanez named his cohorts, which led to the apprehension of the three Juab siblings during a follow-up operation in Brgy. Commonwealth, Quezon City.
Authorities are currently conducting manhunt operations for two other suspects Dutchboy Bello and Warren Juab, who escaped during the operation in Brgy. Commonwealth.
Eleazar admitted that the suspects are a known group of hired killers, but were never arrested due to lack of evidence against them.
Police also arrested five relatives of the suspects for obstruction of justice. They attempted to stop authorities from apprehending the suspects, and helped in the escape of Warren and Bello.