Suspect in Engr. Morales' assassination killed in Albay

LIBON, Albay—An alleged suspect in the murder of former Makati City Engr. Nelson Morales succumbed to death after a brief exchange of gunfire between him and the police.

Engr. Nelson Morales
Former Makati City Engr. Nelson Morales
Ramson Saysay Concepcion, who was a resident of Barangay Molosbolos, this town, had a standing warrant of arrest for the murder of Engr. Morales.

Anti-robbery holdup operation

According to PNP Provincial Director Senior Supt. Marlo Meneses, the operatives chanced upon Concepcion while they were conducting an anti-robbery holdup operation at around 3:45 PM yesterday at Barangay Matacon, Polangui, Albay.

The operation involved a robbery holdup group of which Concepcion was allegedly a member.

Spotting the police, Concepcion fled on his motorcycle towards the direction of Libon town.

The police launched a hot pursuit operation and finally cornered Concepcion at Sitio Malubago, Barangay Buga, this town, at around 6:30 PM.

Trying to elude arrest, the suspect drew his firearm and shot at the group of police officers.

The latter retaliated and hit Concepcion on different parts of his body.

Concepcion was brought to Isip General Hospital at Polangui, Albay for medical treatment. However, he was declared Dead on Arrival.

Meanwhile, police recovered from the scene of the gunfight a red and white SYM motorcycle without plate number, and six fired cartridge cases of unknown caliber.

They also recovered from Concepcion a 9mm Parabellum with 5 pieces of live ammunition.

Morales slay

A former member of the Philippine Army who was discharged from service because of alleged involvement in crime, Ramson Concepcion is among the seven suspects implicated in the killing of Engr. Morales on September 7, 2012.

The other suspects include Gilbert Concepcion (Ramson’s brother), Christian Saysay, Roderick Saysay Sarahan, Wilfredo Sarota, and a certain Allan and Peter.

Makati city government spokesman Joey Salgado earlier revealed in a statement that Engr. Morales, at the time he was killed, had been eyeing the mayoralty post in Malinao, Albay.

In 2012, Engr. Morales was the Albay provincial chair of Vice President Jejomar Binay’s United Nationalist Alliance (UNA).

He wanted to challenge Mayor Billy Ceriola who was then serving as mayor of Malinao.

At present, Engr. Morales’ sister, Alice Morales is the incumbent mayor of Malinao. —BICOLSTANDARD.COM
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