By Francis Allan L. Angelo


A SUSPECT in the murders of a village head, a court sheriff and a police officer fell in the hands of police intelligence operatives.


But Christopher Talamor of Tigbauan, Iloilo strongly denied having a hand in the deaths of Punong Barangay Jerry Colaja of Brgy. Quipot, Janiuay, Iloilo, Sheriff Johnny Tugado of Oton, Iloilo, and PO1 Frederick Capasao of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (Pdea).


Members of the Regional Intelligence Office (RIO) headed by Supt. Samuel Nacion arrested Talamor at Manuela Subdivision in the town of Leganes Tuesday afternoon.


RIO operatives also recovered a caliber .45 pistol inside Talamor’s pouch.


Talamor was arrested on the strength of a warrant of arrest issued by Judge Danilo Galvez relative to the Colaja murder case last October 9, 2007.


RIO operatives claimed that Talamor was also involved in the killing of Tugado


While he strongly denied his participation in the three murder cases, Talamor said he has been planning to surrender to authorities after learning that he was being tagged in the three incidents.


Tugado was shot to death inside their house at Brgy. Cagbang, Oton July 12, 2007 while Capasao was riddled with bullets in front of their home in LaPaz, Iloilo City October 23, 2007.


Talamor said he works as a taxi driver for 10 years now and he has no pending criminal case.


But Marisol Capasao, wife of the slain police officer, insisted over Aksyon Radyo-Iloilo that Talamor drove the Hyundai Starex van used by her husband’s gunmen.


Marisol said she saw Talamor inside the van as the window in the driver’s seat was rolled down although she could not ascertain if the suspect shot her husband.


Citing her own sources and the cartographic sketch of the suspect, Marisol said she was able to confirm Talamor’s involvement in her husband’s death.


“He was there because I recognize his face and hair,” Marisol said.


The family of Tugado also visited the RIO office yesterday but they have yet to issue any statement on Talamor’s arrest.