MANILA – The chief of Quezon City Police District (QCPD) on Wednesday assured the public that the six people arrested in connection with Sunday's shooting spree in Fairview are not fall guys.
''Hindi natin gagawin iyon, kaya pinilit natin na nung lumaban, ang instruction natin dapat talaga buhay na makuha para makapag-follow-up pa tayo sa patayan dito sa Fairview, sigurado na tayo dito,'' said QCPD director Chief Superintendent Richard Albano.
Operatives of the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit, Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT), and QCPD Station 5 raided the hideout of the suspects in Fairmont Subdivision, armed with a warrant of arrest issued by Quezon City RTC Branch 87 Judge Aurora Hernandez.
The suspects were Alsaid Mindelano, 28, of Sta. Maria Street Brgy. Holy Spirit, Quezon City, the alleged driver of the red motorcycle used in the killings on Sunday; Cesar Ate, 45, of 11 A Banning St., Fairmont Subdivision; Anmad Madcadato, 18; Bochary Mindelano, 32; Manzontawar Monib, 31, of the Darussalam Compound; and a 16-year-old minor.
The suspects tried to escape and fired shots at the policemen, but authorities had the area, including streets, surrounded.
At least one of them, however, managed to escape, Albano said.
Recovered from the suspects' hideout were several guns, bullets, grenades, shabu and motorcycles, some of which believed to have been used in crimes.
Albano said a ballistics examination is being conducted to determine whether the bullets recovered from the crime scene originated from the guns seized from the suspects.
The arrested suspects denied involvement in the shooting spree last Sunday that left seven people dead.
Albano, however, said two witnesses came forward and positively identified some of the suspects as those behind the shooting spree. He said the witnesses identified Mindelano as one of the four motorcycle-riding gunmen behind the Fairview slaughter.
''Sa tulong din ng mamamayan at intelligence information natin, nagtugma-tugma,'' he said.
Albano added that police investigating the shootings have been receiving text messages from an alleged cohort of the arrested suspects. He said the person sending the messages has been giving out details of the group's operations and their victims.
"Isa ito sa mga nakatakas kahapon, iyung nagtetext. Sila ang nagbibigay ng impormasyon kung sino-sino at ano-ano ang mga ginawa nila,'' Albano said, adding that these people could soon turn themselves in.
Albano said a follow-up operation based on the information the investigations got may soon lead to the resolution of two more cases.
He added several groups of Muslims also congratulated the police force for the successful arrests, saying the suspects have been tarnishing the image of the Muslim community.
''Maraming mga text messages mula sa kasamahan nilang Muslim na nagpapasalamat at nakuha ang mga ito, dahil sila ang nagbibigay ng pangit na imahe sa kanila,'' he said.
The suspects are currently detained at Camp Karingal.