Dahlia's dad maintains daughter is innocent

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 06 2015 04:50 PM | Updated as of Dec 06 2015 06:03 PM

MANILA - The father of Dahlia Pastor on Sunday insisted that there is not enough evidence to prove she masterminded the killing of her husband, international race car driver Enzo Pastor.

At the same time, Dahlia's father said Enzo could have been a victim of random crime.

Speaking to radio dzMM, Xavier Guerrero said his daughter Dahlia was only dragged into the killing through the extra-judicial confession of PO2 Edgar Angel.

Angel claimed last year that Domingo "Sandy" De Guzman, Dahlia's supposed lover, paid him P100,000 to kill Enzo who discovered the illicit affair.

Guerrero said the accusations against Dahlia are baseless because Angel could have been coerced into making the confession.

"Iyung mga akusasyon sa kanya, wala namang basehan... Iyung mga kasong naisasara agad dahil sa confession ay hindi dapat pansinin kaagad kasi pwedeng nakuha nila iyang confession na iyan dahil sa coercion," Guerrero said.

"Dapat kasi bibigyan nila ng magaling na imbestigasyon iyung confession, which is hindi naman ginawa ng DOJ, ng pulis. Basta't gumawa lang sila ng confession na ginawa ni P02 Angel."

(READ: Why Enzo Pastor's wife is a suspect in killing)

Guerrero stressed that the race champion could have died from a random shooting in Quezon City.

"Nabalitaan ko sa lugar kung saan nangyari iyung pagpatay kay Enzo na may namaril doon. Kaya sinasabi ko rin na baka random killing," Guerrero reasoned.

De Guzman was arrested last Thursday in a hotel room in Barangay Bucal, Sampaloc II in Dasmariñas, Cavite.

Dahlia, meanwhile, remains at large.

Guerrero said he last spoke to Dahlia on the phone last week, but he does not know her whereabouts.

He also maintained that Dahlia is innocent even as she chose to remain in hiding.

"Naniniwala ako sa sinasabi sa akin ng anak ko. Saka alam ko naman iyung anak ko e. Maliwanag sa akin kung ano iyung kakayahan namin, ano ang dapat naming gawin. Sa tingin ko naman iyung anak ko, hindi niya ako ilalagay sa lugar na ganito. Alam naman niya na ang buhay namin ay maka-pamilya," he reasoned.

In February, the Department of Justice (DOJ) found probable cause to indict De Guzman and Dahlia for the killing of Pastor on June 12, 2014.

In a 13-page resolution, Assistant State Prosecutor Susan Villanueva found sufficient evidence to indict Dahlia for parricide, and De Guzman for murder.

Villanueva's findings were upheld by Senior Deputy State Prosecutor Richard Anthony Fadullon and Prosecutor General Claro Arellano.

Since his arrest, De Guzman has been detained at the office of the NBI-National Capital Region.

Authorities are confident they can soon trace Dahlia.

(READ: Enzo Pastor's killers still out there, wife believes)