Cop, 7 cohorts nabbed for murder of Korean

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    POLICE operatives arrested last Sunday a fellow cop and his seven cohorts for the murder of a Korean businessman in Valenzuela City last February 13, PNP chief Debold Sinas reported yesterday.

    Sinas said the eight, including police Corporal Darwin Garcia Castillo, have been charged before the city’s prosecutor’s office for the murder of Nam Sunuk.

    The seven other suspects are Kimberly Radores, Rica Estrella, Rusty Hernadez Cruz, Josephine Pidlaoan Nape, Leana Marie Nagaño alias aka Yana; Bryan Saga Gulfo, and Bryan Remlona Escamillas.

    PNP spokesman Brig. Ildebrandi Usana said the motive behind the slaying was insurance, adding the beneficiaries of the Korean will get P100 million.

    Sinas said three of the suspects – Radores, Estrella and Castillo – executed extra-judicial confessions in the presence of lawyers detailing circumstances surrounding the killing of Sunuk.

    Sinas said operatives of the Special Investigation Task Group Nam Sunuk recovered from the suspects a cal .45 pistol and a red Honda Civic believed to have been used in the commission of the crime.

    Police said Sunuk was shot and killed in the backseat of his Hyundai Tucson sports utility vehicle on the night of February 13 on Padrigal Extension in Barangay Maysan, Valenzuela City.

    Gulfo and Escamillas were said to be the gunmen while Castillo tailed behind in a back-up car, said Sinas.

    The other suspects, Sinas said, took part in the crime as contact persons and facilitators for the hitmen.

    Usana said Gulfo, Escamillas and Castillo were offered P80,000 each to murder Sunuk while the others, all planners, were offered P100,000 each.

    Usana, however, refused to identify the mastermind. He said “the motive is insurance.”