Cop held over lawyer’s killing

AGENTS of the Philippine National Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group, the Police Regional Office 4-A and the Rizal Police Provincial Office yesterday morning arrested a member of the Rodriguez Municipal Police Station accused of involvement in the killing of a local lawyer, officials said.

Police Corporal Alberto Umali was taken under custody after officers who raided his house at Block 20, Lot 1, Summitview Subdivision in Barangay San Rafael in Rodriguez 6 a.m. yesterday recovered one M1-6 automatic rifle, 52 live 5.56 ammunition, four spent M-16 casings, 36 spent 9mm cartridges, 12 rounds of cal. .45 cartridges, and a black cartridge case.

In a report to PNP-CIDG director, Major General Amador V. Corpus, CIDG Region 4-A chief, Colonel Lawrence Cajipe said that they raided the policeman’s residence on the strength of a search warrant for violation of Republic Act 10591 or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulations Act of 2013 issued by Judge Cynthia Marino-Ricablanca of the Sta. Cruz, Laguna Regional Trial Court last June 26.

The recovered pieces of evidence will be subjected to a ballistics examination by the PNP Crime Laboratory to determine if they will match other evidence found in previous gun-related killings in the region, said PRO4-A director, Brigadier General Edward E. Carranza.

Officials said that Cpl. Umali is a ‘person of interest’ in the killing of Attorney Edilberto Golla  in Barangay San Isidro in Rodriguez municipality last May.

The 45-year-old victim was shot dead by a motorcycle-riding gunman as he was on board his vehicle inside Eastwood Greenview Subdivision.

Investigators recovered 42 spent casings at the scene of the murder.