Suspect in Cainta cop's death surrenders

Maan Macapagal, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 16 2018 06:38 PM | Updated as of Feb 16 2018 08:23 PM

A suspect in the killing of Cainta deputy police chief Senior Insp. Jimmy Senosin surrenders to police Friday. Photo courtesy of the Philippine National Police

MANILA (UPDATE) - A suspect in the killing of Cainta deputy chief of police Senior Insp. Jimmy Senosin surrendered Friday to the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) at the Philippine National Police headquarters in Camp Crame, Quezon City.

Hermogenes Lachica, alias "Ekis," is one of two suspects in Senosin's slay, the other one being Robin Gomez, alias Ruben Tae.

Lachica denied involvement in the killing saying: "Wala po akong kasalanan... Wala po ako don, pati po mga anak ko alam na wala ako sa pangyayari na 'yun."

Lachica claimed that his name was being dragged by a certain alias Bolao, chief of the precinct in Lakas Bisig Floodway, Cainta. 

"Gawa-gawa lang po 'yan ni Bulao kasi po malaking katarantaduhan ng pulis na 'yan," he said.

When asked if he knew Gomez, the other suspect, Lachica said: "Nakikita ko po, maski si Bulao kilala niya po lahat 'yan. Pulis po 'yan ng Cainta, 'yan po ang nagdidiin sa akin... nabibigyan po kasi namin 'yan ng pera dati sa tupada at lahat sa kaniya napupunta”.

He added that Gomez is the head of the notorious Highway Boys responsible for the series of robberies in Rizal.

Lachica's counsel, lawyer Renato Evangelista, said his client wants to clear his name and is afraid for his life.

"Tumawag ang kaniyang pamilya sa akin at sinabi na ang kanilang padre de pamilya na si Hermogenes Lachica ay nais sumuko dahil siya umano ay subject ng isang manhunt kaugnay sa pagkakapatay ng isang pulis Cainta," he said.

Lachica underwent booking procedure and investigation at Camp Crame.

"Magko-conduct kami ng regular police procedure then after that dadalhin namin sa fiscal sa Cainta. Makikipag-coordinate kami sa local [officials] at sa mga nagsampa ng kaso laban sa kaniya... tinatanggap natin 'yung may info[rmation] na sinasabi niya pero kailangang i-validate muna," said Supt. Roque Merdegia Jr., chief of the CIDG-Anti Transnational Crime Unit.

Senosin succumbed to fatal gunshot wounds following a gunfight with armed men in Barangay San Andres, Cainta, Rizal last Feb. 11.