Task group formed to probe businessman, driver's EDSA slay

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Posted at Feb 18 2019 08:01 AM | Updated as of Feb 18 2019 01:20 PM

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MANILA -- A special investigation task group (SITG) is looking into the fatal shooting of a businessman and his driver along EDSA, the Metro Manila police said Monday.

Two motorcycle-riding gunmen on Sunday shot dead businessman Jose Luis Yulo, 62, and his driver Allan Nomer Santos while they were on board a van in EDSA-Reliance.

The victims' female companion, 38-year-old stock broker Esmeralda Ignacio, was wounded in the broad daylight attack in front of VRP Medical Center, police earlier said.

SITG "Yulo" has autopsied the businessman who succumbed to 8 gunshot wounds, said Metro Manila police chief, Director Guillermo Eleazar.
 
Investigators were still studying the trajectory of the bullets and fingerprints found on the van, said Eleazar. The task group is also looking for surveillance footage that could show the escape route of the gunmen, he said.

Twelve empty shells and a deformed slug were recovered from the crime scene, he said.

The slain businessman is only a namesake of Chamber of Commerce of the Philippine Islands President Jose Luis U. Yulo Jr, said Eleazar.

Investigators will get more details on the fatalities' profile from the female survivor on Monday, said the police official.

Sunday's EDSA shooting occurred despite a gun ban for May's midterm polls.

Police will urge local officials anew to study a ban on two people who are not related from riding a single motorcycle to prevent "riding-in-tandem" crimes, said Eleazar.

Authorities are currently issuing "clean rider" stickers for motorcycles, which are also subjected to routine inspections under the "Oplan Sita," he said.

These measures in 2018 slashed by half the crimes perpetrated by motorcycle-riding suspects, Eleazar said. He did not give additional figures.