Cops eye three angles in DAR worker’s slay

SCENE of the crime operatives investigate the body of Allan Salario who was gunned down at Metropolis Subdivision in Barangay Tagbac, Jaro, Iloilo City on June 6, 2019. (Photo courtesy of Alfred Angelo)

By: Jennifer P. Rendon 

THREE angles are being considered as possible motive for the killing of a Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) employee on June 6, 2019 in Jaro, Iloilo City.

Police Captain Eduardo Siacon Jr., Jaro police chief, said they are checking personal grudges and work-related disputes as two possible angles in the case of Allan Salario, 51, a survey aide of DAR-Iloilo province.

“But later, we learned that it could also be a crime of passion,” Siacon said.

The personal grudge angle came to fore after Salario’s elder sister Catalina, claimed that the victim told her about a person who harbored a grudge against him.

A day before he was killed, Salario joked about leaving his payag (hut) to a friend if something ever happens to him.

He also mentioned that they look for a certain person in case he will be “gone.”

But Siacon did not discuss that person’s identity.

While it could be farfetched, police investigators are not discounting the possibility that Salario’s death is work-related.

“There might have been aborted or cancelled transactions that led to the killing. It is remotely possible but we are looking into every angle,” Siacon said.

The love triangle motive was unearthed later after Salario’s friend told policemen that he had an affair with a married woman.

Their alleged relationship was discovered by the woman’s father and her husband, whom Siacon claimed is an “occasional drug user.”

Salario was fixing his owner-type jeepney around 5:45 a.m. Thursday when a lone gunman shot him near his temporary shelter at Metropolis, Barangay Tagbac, Jaro.

Siacon said a CCTV footage showed that the suspect passed by a police detachment in Barangay Balantang around 5:58 a.m.

The suspect chose the route going to Jaro plaza but was never seen pass by Gran Plains Subdivision which is along the highway.

“It’s possible that he took a turn at the circumferential road going to Pavia town or Barangay Balabago,” Siacon said.

Salario a resident of Barangay Calmay, Janiuay, Iloilo, succumbed to three gunshot wounds.