Former Local Newspaper Publisher Murdered
Posted 3 years ago
By Jonas Reyes
SUBIC BAY FREEPORT — A former local newspaper publisher was found murdered inside a housing area here on Monday. Zambales Todays News publisher and US Navy retiree Sonny Almazan was found dead inside his home in Binictican on Monday Morning by his driver Renato Barbadillo
According to the Investigation Division of the Law Enforcement Department of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA-LED), two women were identified as the suspects in the murder of Almazan. The two women were believed to be the companions of the victim the night when he was killed.
Barbadillo told investigators that the two females were the same persons whom the 69-year-old Almazan asked to fetch from Kalaklan Gate at about 9:00 pm Sunday night. Barbadillo disclosed that he transported the two women to Almazan, who was waiting at the Breadtime bakery near Ayala Mall.
He also said that after taking the two to Almazan, the victim told the driver to leave them as Almazan drove the Toyota Fortuner SUV back to his home in Binictican. When the driver reported for work on Monday, he saw that the front door of the house was unlocked. Barbadillo reported that there were bloodstains on the floor leading to the victim’s bedroom, prompting him to call law enforcers.
Responding officers found the victim’s body slumped in a sitting position, soaked in blood. The officers stated that the victim sustained head injuries caused by a blunt instrument. They also noticed bloody footprints on the bedroom floor, a golf club and a metal cane with bloodstains, and broken liquor bottles. They added that there were no forced entries in the house.
Almazan’s cellular phone and a sling bag believed to contain cash were reportedly missing.
During investigation, Barbadillo confirmed that the two females caught on CCTV footages at Kalaklan Gate at about 9:25 pm were the same persons that he had fetched at the instruction of the victim. He further told the police that one of the females who visited Almazan, the one with a tattoo on her right thigh, had been in the company of his employer for about three or four times previously.
Meanwhile, CCTV footages also revealed that Almazan’s Toyota vehicle entered Binictican housing at 9:47 pm. This tallied with the account of a witness that Almazan arrived in his quarters with two female companions at 10:00 pm that Sunday night. The SBMA-LED said the investigation of Almazan’s death has been assumed by the Philippine National Police office in Morong, Bataan, which has territorial jurisdiction over the Binictican area.
SBMA Chairman Wilma T. Eisma said, “In light of this, we condole with the family of the victim and commit the assistance of the SBMA Law Enforcement Department to help in the investigation by the Morong Police Office so that the perpetrators of this crime might be arrested and put to justice.”