Murder rap filed vs suspect in Bohol town mayor's death

Annie Perez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 29 2018 11:53 AM

BUENAVISTA, Bohol - Police on Tuesday released the photo of a man suspected to have killed Mayor Ronald Tirol of this town.

Murder charges were filed against Elmer "Etie" Melencion, who was linked by witnesses to Tirol's slay. 

Melencion hails from the town of Inanabanga.

Elmer Melencion, suspect in the killing of Buenavista Mayor Ronald Tirol, is seen in this photo released by the police. Bohol Provincial Police Office

He previously faced a separate murder charge, but was able to post bail.

A special investigation task group was formed to look for 2 of Melencion's accomplices, believed to be his lookout men.

Police said Melencion's motive may have been personal since he was also the suspect in the attempted murder of Tirol in 2014 in a cockpit in Clarin town.

The other angle could be political as Melencion was connected to political families in Buenavista, police said.