Former Insurance Commissioner Eduardo Malinis. Photo courtesy of ASEAN Insurance Council
MANILA (UPDATED) – Former Insurance Commissioner Eduardo Malinis was killed after unidentified suspects broke into his home on Friday in Bacoor, Cavite.
The 76-year-old former government official was found hogtied in the kitchen area of his home in Barangay Panapaan, Bacoor.
"Naka-puwesto sa may kitchen area, nakatali kamay at paa ng kawad. Maliban doon sa nakatali sa bibig, yung packing tape, mayroon din nakatali sa leeg and then yung damit niya itinakip sa mukha at itinali din," said his caretaker who declined to be identified.
He said when police arrived and checked on Malinis, they still found faint pulse.
"Ayun doon sa isang pulis, yung investigator, may mahinang pulso kaya nagmamadali kaming kinalag yung tali, pinapa-pump yung dibdib naghintay kami ng ambulansiya," the caretaker said.
However, Malinis was declared dead on arrival at the hospital.
The caretaker, who also works as a fire truck driver, reports to Malinis everyday but does not live in the house with the victim.
"Yung mga time na yun wala talaga siyang kasama kasi malimit sa umaga pag nandito ako, ang alis ko alas-10 ng umaga. Ang balik ko 4 p.m. kasi magjo-jogging ho yan," the caretaker said.
The caretaker told radio dzMM that the house was in disarray when he arrived.
"Yung bahay kasi lahat ng drawer bukas pati yung higaan niya nakabaliktad, doon din sa taas baliktad na din," he said.
The caretaker said the victim's laptop is missing.
According to Bacoor Police Chief Supt. Rommel Estolano, a witness saw two unidentified men enter the house of Malinis before he was found hogtied in his kitchen.
Estolano said they will review the footage of the closed circuit television (CCTV) camera installed outside the house of Malinis' neighbor for possible identification of the suspects.
Meanwhile, the local government of Bacoor is offering a P50,000 reward to anyone with information that could lead to the arrest of the suspects.
In 2007, Malinis was reappointed to his old post after Malacañang, under then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, relieved Insurance Commissioner Evangeline Escobillo. -- Report from Johnson Manabat, dzMM