Suspect in Caramoan massacre charged

CAMARINES SUR—Out of the seven suspects in the Caramoan massacre, only Servillano Espares Jr. y Ebuenga was accepted by the Provincial Prosecutor’s Office in the inquest proceedings.
PNP Bicol Regional Director Victor P. Deona
PNP Bicol Regional Director Victor P. Deona
Photo by Oscar Esmenda/Bicol Standard
The six suspects who were released for lack of probable cause were Angelo Refran y Enciso, Luis Palaganas y Cleto Jr., Saetiel Pielago y Buen, Jonah Bolima y Bragais, Florencio Vargas y Venas, and Francisco “Iko” Tria y Ramirez III.

Notwithstanding their release, said six suspects are still facing the same case, and will have to undergo a preliminary investigation.

The suspects, it will be recalled, were arrested last Sunday, March 23 at about 4 o’clock in the afternoon by elements of the Caramoan Municipal Police Station.

They were nabbed for their alleged involvement in the gruesome killing of four gold panners in Barangay Gata, Caramoan last Saturday.

Murdered in the incident were Julio Labiano y Rivera, 31, Rene Labiano y Rivera, 28, Salem Virtus y
Elpa, 24, and Jesse Brondia y Altamera, 35, all residents of Brgy Gata, Caramoan.

Following the arrest, the suspects were brought to the Provincial Prosecutor’s Office in Naga City for inquest proceedings. A criminal case of four counts of murder was filed against them.

One suspect, identified as Joel “Bay” Breso, however, was able to elude the arrest.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM
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