After a 24-hour manhunt, PNP-Bulacan has arrested the three suspects in the killing of an Australian national who was stabbed with a kitchen knife in Barangay Sta. Cruz, Guiguinto, Bulacan on Tuesday night (August 7).
The suspects were identified as Joan Canyete, the victim’s live-in partner and alleged mastermind; Canyete’s aunt, Linda Acosta, and construction worker, Romie Soriano who purportedly served as the hitman.
Based on police investigation the 67-year-old victim, Wai Tsang Ming, withdrew P3.5 million to redeem Canyete’s pawned house under the condition that she must vacate it so new residents can move in.
“Ito po ay mukhang sinet up at patayin dahil sa malaking halaga na involve…Dahil sa pera, para narin yung property ay hindi na matuluyan na maibenta,”said Bulacan Provincial Director Pssupt Chito Galvez Bersaluna.
(It looks like a set-up based on the large amount of money involved…and also to prevent the sale of the property.)
Canyete allegedly asked her aunt to look for a hitman to kill the victim.
Acosta, 61, called her niece a liar and urged her to confess to the crime.
“Sa totoo lang, ‘nak huwag kang magsisinungaling. Magsasabi ka anak ng totoo. Ako inosente ako. Dapat di mo ko dinadamay sa ganyan. Napag-utusan mo ako. Ako bilang tiyahin mo, ala akong magagawa kasi parehas tayong naiipit,” Acosta said.
(Don’t lie. Speak the truth. I’m innocent. Don’t drag me into this. You were the one who ordered me. As your aunt I can’t do anything because we’re both under pressure.)
Canyete strongly denied the accusations against her, saying she has no involvement in the killing of the victim.
“Wala po akong alam. Wala pa akong inutusang tao. Di ko po alam. Talk to my lawyer,” she said.
(I don’t know anything. I did not order anyone. Talk to my lawyer.)
Alleged hitman, Romie Soriano, 52, admitted to stabbing the victim in different parts of his body.
He said he only agreed to the crime because of his four children who were sick.
However, he was dismayed after the two failed to pay the agreed P40,000 for the murder.
“Magpapangap lang akong kapatid niya, para matira ko na yung tao. Ito may sabi na P40,000 ibibigay sa akin. Masakit sa loob dahil di maganda ala naman. Joan, umamin ka na sa ginagawa mong kamalian dahil ako nadadamay ako,” Soriano said.
(I was supposed to pretend to be her brother so that I can get to the victim. She promised me P40,000. It hurts because I never got paid and things ended badly. Joan, confess to the crime because I’m being dragged into it.)
The three suspects are currently facing murder charges. Authorities are also investigating Joan’s boyfriend in relation to the killing. — Nestor Torres