Suspects in oil firm employee’s slay charged

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/24 February) – Police filed on Monday a murder charge before the City Prosecutor’s Office against three suspects in the killing of an oil firm employee in this city.

Supt. Diomarie Albarico, commander of Police Station 11, said the case was filed after the suspects and the alleged mastermind were arrested in a follow-up operation over the weekend.

Albarico identified the suspects as Guillermo Sasabo, the alleged triggerman, Joebert Delos Reyes, the motorcycle driver, and Ruben Clemente, the alleged mastermind and an employee of the Petron depot here.

Albarico said they were tagged as behind the killing of Joey Malaki, 30, a warehouse clerk of the Petron depot, last February 17 in Suterville, Barangay Lower Calarian, this city.

Malaki was driving his bicycle on the way to work when fatally shot by one of two men aboard a motorcycle.

Albarico said Robert Clavecilla, also an employee of the Petron depot, told them he knows who killed Malaki when they interviewed the victim’s co-employees.

The police official said Clavecilla alleged that sometime in January, Clemente told him to look for guns-for-hire.

Clemente allegedly gave Clavecilla an envelope containing P10,000 as down payment, a caliber .45 pistol and the victim’s picture which he gave to the two alleged killers, Albarico said.

The motive of the incident was work-related because sometimes the victim served as an inspector aside from being a warehouse clerk, he added. (MindaNews)