Evangelista son found dead in NE

By Jason de Asis


CABANATUAN CITY, January 19, 2011–Police have revealed that the charred body of an unidentified male which was found beside an irrigation canal in this city’s suburb last Friday – the same day as the discovery of the body of the son of Marcos loyalist lawyer Oliver Lozano - was confirmed to be that of missing car dealer Venson Evangelista.


Police Supt. Eliseo Cruz, city police chief, reported to provincial police director Senior Supt. Roberto Aliggayu that personnel from the medico-legal division of the PNP Crime Laboratory in Camp Crame led by medico-legal officer Supt. Ruby Grace Sabino have positively identified Evangelista through his dentures which matched his dental records. Sabino was assisted in the examination by Senior Inspector Dindo Marie Trinidad Herrera.


Evangelista’s father Arsenio arrived here past noon yesterday, accompanied by PO3 Noel Sanchez to check on the body a day after police confirmed the identity of Lozano’s son Emerson who was found near the anti-lahar megadike in Barangay Mancantian, Porac, Pampanga.


Cruz said the younger Evangelista’s body was found on January 14 at around 6 am beside the irrigation canal in Purok 1, Buliran here a day after he was reportedly abducted by four men when he accompanied two potential buyers for a test drive of a 2009 Toyota Land Cruiser at about 4 pm along Sgt. Juan Catolos St. in Cubao. The sport utility vehicle belongs to the elder Evangelista, which the victim had been helping to sell.


A team from the Cabanatuan police and the Scene of the Crime Operatives found the body, his eyes covered with packaging tape and with a hole in the left side of the forehead.


Cruz said there were also traces of burned tire in the place where Verson’s body was found, indicating it was there where he was burned.When the body was first brought to the RBN Funeral Homes, police initially failed to identify the victim which was already decomposing.                        


Arsenio said his son met two of the kidnappers at their house in Cubao, with one of the suspects introducing himself as the buyer while the other posed as the mechanic.


Cruz said a witness saw something being burned near the irrigation canal where Evangelista was found. He did not say, however, if the killing was related to that of Lozano’s. (Jason de Asis)



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