MANILA (2nd UPDATE) – The alleged mastermind and the alleged gunman in the killing of race car driver Enzo Pastor have been arrested, police said.
The Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit (CIDU) of Quezon City Police District said businessman Domingo De Guzman III was arrested in Muntinlupa City on Tuesday. Two pistols were seized from De Guzman.
Police said the alleged gunman, PO2 Edgar Angel, was arrested last Saturday during a buy-bust operation in Libis, Quezon City.
QCPD-CIDU chief Rodel Marcelo said Angel admitted during a tactical interrogation that he was paid P100,000 by De Guzman to kill the race car driver.
Police are looking into love triangle as the motive behind the killing. Enzo's wife, Dahlia, allegedly had an affair with the businessman.
In a press conference, Marcelo said police investigators also learned that De Guzman and Angel were long-time friends.
"Doon sa salasaysay na ibinigay niya, naaresto natin si Domingo de Guzman na kanya pong kumpare," Marcelo said.
"Denial siya (De Guzman). Hindi niya inaamin na magkakilala sila ng pulis na ito. In fact kumpareng buo ito."
Marcelo said Pastor's wife, Dahlia, is now considered a suspect. The slain car racer's wife remains at large.
Marcelo added that about three weeks after the killing, police received information from various sources pointing to Angel as the gunman but no evidence linking the latter to the crime was available at that time.
He said the QCPD-CIDU later received information from anti-illegal drugs police that Angel also sells illegal drugs. This information prompted the police to launch a sting operation.
Enzo's father, Tomas, told dzMM that he had heard about the alleged affair of his son's wife. He, however, noted that he knew little about it because his son did not speak much about his personal life.
"From time to time hindi nagsasalita ang bata sa amin eh, kaya di namin nalaman na ganon na," Tomas said.
In the press conference, Tomas noted that Dahlia and her family were present during his son's wake. De Guzman, on the other hand, never showed up.
He added he was not aware of any threats to his son's life prior to the shooting incident.
SHOT AT THE STOPLIGHT
Last June 12, Pastor and his assistant were on their way to Clark for the final leg of the Asian V-8 Championship when they were attacked by 2 motorcycle-riding men along Visayas Avenue corner Congressional Avenue.
Paolo Salazar, assistant of the race car driver, said they were at a stoplight when one of the men who was wearing a mask suddenly approached them and shot Enzo in the head several times.
"Tinambangan lang po. Parang tinambangan lang po. Kasi pagdating sa ano, binaril na po siya," he said.
Enzo, who was the one driving the car at that moment, sustained 3 gunshot wounds in the head and neck.
Salazar was also wounded in the incident.
The 32-year-old race car driver left two sons, aged 6 and 8. – reports from Jerome Lantin, ABS-CBN News; and dzMM