April 9, 2006

Call center employee killed by notorious holdup suspect
Suspect with two outstanding arrest warrants

Charlene Santos, 26, the eldest daughter of Antonio and Elma Santos, both teachers at the MMSU and residents of Laoag City, was shot and killed last Sunday evening, April 2, 2006 , while on board a gray Mitsubishi Adventure FX taxi, on her way to work at a call center.

Witnesses state that three men among the passengers announced a holdup as the vehicle approached the Ortigas junction in Rosario, Pasig. Accordingly, Charlene who was seated behind the driver in the second row, asked the robbers not to take her cellphone which incurred the ire of one of the suspects who, according to one of the witnesses also riding the FX taxi, allegedly said “makulit,. tirahin mo na,” then prompting his cohort who was seated beside Charlene to shoot her. She was shot through her mouth and the bullet went out of her nape.

After the shooting, the robbers alighted from the vehicle, and the taxi driver who has not been identified for security reasons rushed Charlene to the Pasig City General hospital where she was pronounced ‘dead on arrival’..

Informed of the incident, Charlene’s parents rushed to Manila where they contacted Sr. Supt. Sammy Pagdilao, PNP spokesman, who hails from Pinili, Ilocos Norte. He is an uncle of the victim.

At 8:30 p.m. Monday evening, police arrested Ryan Concuera, 22, at his house in Rosario, Pasig. According to Senior Superintendent Romeo Abaring, Concuera was arrested based on a previous warrant issued in connection with a previous robbery case.

However witnesses identified Concuera as one of the suspects in Sunday night’s robbery.

Sources privy to the investigation further stated that the suspect had two warrants of arrest for robbery with frustrated homicide issued last February 6 and some time on December 2005, in connection with two other cases. Accordingly, both incidents also involved the shooting of a victim. The victims on both instances survived.

Concuera denied the allegations. Meanwhile, Charlene’s family has already filed charges against the suspect.

Charlene’s remains arrived in Laoag City on Wednesday, and lie in state at the family residence in Soriano st., barangay 8, Laoag City. As of presstime interment is yet to be scheduled.

Steve Barreiro

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