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Lone suspect

  • DCPO identifies primary perpetrator in the killing of ex-gov’t employee 


POLICE investigators have narrowed the list of suspects down to one as they move closer to solving the murder of former government employee Lilian Nieva inside her house in Deca Homes Talomo last Sept. 29.

Davao City Police Office director Col Alberto Lupaz said Oplan Siyasat, the task group investigating the case, initially had four persons of interest but now the members are focused on one.

“I will not divulge the name because the investigation is ongoing but we are considering one person of interest. We are considering that there was no forced entry,” Lupaz said.

Initially, investigators theorized the perpetrators entered the house through the back door to rob the victim since the front door and the gate were locked. But there’s a higher possibility that the suspect might already be inside the house when the crime occurred.

They also noted that her mobile phone and some valuable jewelry were missing. 

“Maybe she knew the robbers and that’s why she was killed,” he further said.

Recently, the National Bureau of Investigation-South Eastern Mindanao (NBI-Semro) said it would conduct a parallel investigation on the case.

NBI-Semro director Lawyer Archie Albao said they already issued subpoenas to different personalities, including the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) office to shed light on the murder. 

Nieva was brutally murdered inside her house in Deca Homes Talomo as she succumbed to 44 stab wounds on Sept. 29. She was the former executive secretary of Butch Ramirez when he was the PSC chairperson.


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