Police release sketch of suspect in QC barangay chair's slay


Posted at Jan 31 2019 05:31 PM

Police release sketch of suspect in QC barangay chair's slay 1
Artist's sketch of the suspect in the shooting of Quezon City barangay chair Criselle Beltran. Doland Castro, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - Police on Thursday released the sketch of the alleged gunman in the slay of a Quezon City barangay chair, as local authorities announced a P5-million reward for information that may lead to the assailant. 

Police said the suspect in the shooting of Barangay Bagong Silangan chair Criselle Beltran was exposed when he removed his helmet after the incident, said Quezon City Police District director Chief Supt. Joselito Esquivel. 

The suspect's face was also seen in CCTV footage that captured the area near the crime scene at the time of the shooting. 

Police are also investigating 6 persons of interest, he said.

The Quezon City local government will give the reward money to any person who would give information on the suspect's whereabouts. 

Gunmen on board a motorcycle waylaid and shot at Beltran's vehicle while on J.P. Rizal Street on her way to Payatas before noon Wednesday, killing the barangay official and her driver Mario Salita. 

Two of her staffers and two other bystanders were injured in the incident.

Beltran was gunning for a congressional seat to represent Quezon City's second district. Authorities have classified her slay, which came less than four months before the mid-term polls, as "election-related."

Investigators are still looking into the motive behind the killing.

Malacañang earlier condemned the slay and said that the government would "never tolerate any unlawful killing in this country."