2 S. Africans in GRO murder case in Valle Verde leave RP

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 24 2008 05:45 PM | Updated as of Nov 25 2008 02:58 AM

The two South African nationals accused of killing a 22-year-old guest relations officer (GRO) in Valle Verde, Pasig City hurriedly left the country shortly after the victim’s relatives withdrew their case against the suspects.

South Africans Cristo Daniel Daniels and Roland Terence immediately left the country after being released from detention last Friday.

The Eastern Police District was forced to release the two after the parents of murder victim Shahahi Imran Maongco alias Jennifer de los Reyes filed an affidavit of desistance last Friday, withdrawing their case against the suspects.

“Lumabas na raw ng bansa ang dalawa... ‘di rin namin inaasahan iyon,” said Superintendent Eduardo Villena, chief investigator of the case.

Maongco’s body was found wrapped in a trash bag at the basement of Daniels’ residence on October 20. Police believe the two South Africans have something to do with the victim’s death.

Police were also surprised with Pasig City Fiscal Pedro Oribe’s decision to immediately dismiss the murder case which led to the release of the South Africans.

“Positibo namang kinilala ng witness ang suspect natin, at ito ang malaking pruweba na nandoon sa krimen ang mga suspek... Bakit dinismiss ito? At in case of doubt, dapat ang piskal ay pinag-aralan muna ito,” said Villena.

It was not also clear what made the victim’s relatives decide to dismiss the case.

Parents of Maongco were earlier seen crying for justice after a witness positively identified the two South Africans as the ones reportedly responsible for de los Reyes’ death.

Daniel’s maid Daisy Grace Libuna claimed seeing Maongco’s body after she heard a loud crashing sound from her master’s bedroom shortly before the victim’s death.

“Nakita ko iyong si Jennifer nakabulgata at sa tabi iyong Daniels, at si Terence at iyong driver. Natatakot ako kaya kaagad umalis,” she said. With a report from Gus Abelgas, ABS-CBN News