Althea Altamirano, 23, best friend and one of the suspects in the abduction and killing of Julie Ann Rodelas, was arrested together with her boyfriend Fernando Quiambao Jr., 32, by police in Pampanga on Sunday afternoon.
Reports said two more suspects, Gelen Pasewilan, 28, and Jaymar Waradge, 22, were arrested in Culiat, Quezon City over the weekend. In a follow-up operation in Culiat, Quezon City, a shootout ensued between a group of men and arresting cops, killing a certain Bob Usman.
Authorities are reportedly hunting down two more unnamed individuals allegedly involved in the rape and killing of Rodelas, a part-time talent and model of broadcast network ABS-CBN
Althea Altamirano, resident of Villa Hermosa, Imus, Cavite, appears to have a grudge against Rodelas for spreading a gossip in their circle of colleagues and friends that the said suspect had borne two children, a report from the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) said.
Citing a police report, a Sunstar.com.ph news article said Rodelas was allegedly invited by Altamirano to watch a movie in a mall in Pasay City on November 5, Monday.
Afterwards, they proceeded to a spa on D. Macapagal Avenue near the World Trade Center (WTC) where the suspect said they would meet a television producer, the report said.
“Altamirano then contacted her boyfriend who arrived later. The three left the place together after midnight.”
Rodelas was then abducted near the World Trade Center in Pasay City past midnight Tuesday and was reportedly killed when she was pushed out of a sports utility vehicle. She was shot to death at 18th Avenue in Cubao, Quezon City.
Altamirano and Quimbao were nabbed after the police discovered a clue in the murder case — a receipt for purchased food clutched by Rodelas in her hand when she died, SunStar said.
A CCTV camera caught Quiambao on video buying burger at a fastfood restaurant in Ermita, Manila. The time of his purchase reportedly coincided with the time printed on the official receipt found on the victim’s body.
Reports on Monday, November 12, said the suspects will be charged with murder and illegal possession of firearms.