Another suspect in OFW slay charged
By EUGENE ADIONG
BACOLOD City — Another suspect in the murder of Negrense domestic helper Maribel Alpas had been charged.
Senior Insp. Eric de Venancio, police chief of Cabiao, Nueva Ecija, identified the suspect as Roginald Samson alias “Jojo,” brother of Dennis Samson, employer of Alpas.
De Venancio said a murder case was filed yesterday with the Nueva Ecija Provincial Prosecutor’s Office in Cabanatuan City.
Other suspects in the killing who had been charged earlier were Dennis, his brother-in-law Elcielo Valdez and a John Doe.
Roginald was the caretaker of the house of Dennis and his wife, Girlie, in Sta. Rosa, Nueva Ecija. He was also a known drug pusher and addict, De Venancio said.
Alpas, 31, of Brgy. Asia, Hinobaan, Negros Occidental, had been decapitated. Her head was found by a farmer in a bucket in an irrigation canal in Brgy. San Fernando Sur, Cabiao, Nueva Ecija, on March 25.
She was identified through the passport and some documents found with her head.
Meanwhile, Hinobaan Mayor Ernesto Estrao had said Scene of Crime Operatives have confirmed that the ashes and bones found at the Samson compound in Sta. Rosa belonged to the body of Alpas.
Police were able to secure a warrant to search the Samson house for Alpas’ body after the case was filed against Dennis and Valdez.
A neighbor told investigators that he had heard a woman’s scream from the compound around the time when Alpas was possibly killed, de Venancio said.
He said they also found documents owned by Alpas in the PVC pipe of the house’s septic tank and drug paraphernalia inside the house.
CRIME OF PASSION OR DRUG-RELATED?
De Venancio said the murder could have been a crime of passion; one of the suspects may have had feelings for her and did not want her to return to London.
It could also be that the suspects, who may have been high on drugs, raped the victim before beheading her and burning her body, he said.
Police were still determining the identity of the John Doe, who could be the driver of the vehicle Valdez used to fetch Alpas upon arriving in Nueva Ecija from Negros on March 20.
Estrao said Alpas’ family will wait until the charges are filed in court before having the victim’s head cremated to be brought home for a proper burial.
Police had temporarily buried Alpas’ head in the Cabiao cemetery./PN