MANILA – Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte is hoping that justice will soon be served following the arrest of two suspects in the killing of former journalist Gwenn Salamida.
Belmonte thanked the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) for their swift action that led to the arrest of Nilo Payag Anub and Richard Go Alaba on September 3.
“Umaasa ako na sa positibong pangyayaring ito, mabilis na makakamtan ng pamilya ng napaslang, pati na ng sugatang biktima, ang katarungan na kanilang inaasam (I am hoping that with this positive report, the family of the slain victim and her injured companion, will soon get the justice that they deserve),” Belmonte said in a statement on Wednesday night.
Operatives from the La Loma Police Station arrested Anub and Alaba on Sto. Niño Street in Barangay Commonwealth, Quezon City on September 3.
Belmonte said the two suspects, together with the pieces of evidence confiscated in their possession, were already turned over to the Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit (CIDU).
On August 17, Salamida and her partner, Oliver Perona, were shot while inside Gott Beauty Salon and Spa on Kaingin Road, Barangay Apolonio Samson, Quezon City.
After the shooting, the gunmen fled on a motorcycle.
Salamida died from multiple gunshot wounds while Perona was hit on the chin and chest.
Investigators said they got a lead on the suspects based on CCTV footage.
The footage showed one of the suspects getting picked up by a silver Toyota Corolla (TSG 684) after the shooting.
Authorities seized from the suspects the vehicle, a .38-caliber revolver, a hand grenade, and two rounds of ammunition for an M203 grenade launcher.
Salamida was a former editor and operations manager of Remate and was advertising manager of another daily, Saksi Ngayon, at the time of the shooting. (PNA)