Robbery possible motive in Echanis killing: QCPD

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    POLICE probers are looking into robbery and personal grudge as possible motives behind the killing of peasant leader Randall Echanis and his companion inside their apartment in Novaliches, Quezon City last Monday.

    Quezon City Police District chief Brig. Gen. Ronnie Montego said such crimes are the usually perpetrated by the Akyat Bahay robbery group.

    “They woke up, resisted, so it led to their death,” said Montejo, referring to the 72-year-old Echanis and his companion, Sputnik gang member Louie Tagapia, 42.

    Another angle, Montejo said, is personal grudge, noting that Tagapia is a member of Sputnik Gang.

    Montejo surmised Echanis was killed by the suspects because he witnessed the crime. Thevictims sustained stab wounds.

    QCPD Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit chief Maj. Elmer Monsalve said Echanis’ status as head of the peasant group Anakpawis is “another factor” in the investigation, but declined to elaborate.

    “We will interview the family,” said Monsalve.

    The remains of Echanis were returned to his family on Wednesday night after the QCPD concluded that Echanis and Manuel Santiago, the person identified in the ID recovered from Echanis, are the same person.

    With the PNP admitting that Echanis and Santiago are the same person, the National Bureau of Investigation will no longer conduct a probe to verify the identity of the body recovered in a rented apartment in Novaliches, Quezon City. – With Ashzel Hachero