Friday, August 1, 2014

Facebook Helps Trace Homicide Suspect

Facebook Solves Crime
Facebook scores one over the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in one area that the law enforcement agencies claim to have a comparative advantage.

The case involves a homicide case 23 years ago, a missing suspect and a victim’s son who uses the social network platform.

The suspect, Eduardo Olegario, 49, married and a resident of Upper Pinget, Baguio decided to flee after stabbing to death Ricardo Tumbaga on 15 September 1991 on Abanao Street, leaving the victim’s son, Ronald, to just hope for justice.

In the latter half of May 2014, that tiny tinge of hope bore fruit after Ronald traced his father’s alleged assailant through social network, Facebook. A photograph of the suspect on the famous social network was submitted to the authorities and this led to the issuance of an arrest warrant by Judge Clarence J. Villanueva of the Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 7 in Baguio city, for a case of homicide.

On May 23, operatives led by Supt. Dante Lubos arrested Olegario in Upper Pinget armed with the warrant. The suspect is now detained at the Baguio City Jail.

The story clearly shows that both the PNP and NBI needs to utilize social networking sites more often to exhaust all possible source of information that could help solve their criminal cases. It is, however, not clear what the authorities were doing since the crime was committed in 1991 until the arrest to find the suspect.

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