PNP sheds light on Rosales siblings murder

MANILA, Philippines - Southern Police District Director Tomas Apolinario believes that the motive behind the murders of the Rosales siblings, Petronio “Jhay-r'' and Lauren Kristel, may be personal.

Siblings Lauren and Jhay-r.
Siblings Lauren and Jhay-r. PHOTO CREDIT: FACEBOOK/Jhay-r Rosales
In his interview with DZMM News, Apolinario said there is a possibility that the Rosales siblings knew the people behind their killings.

"Iyun po ang lumalabas sa imbestigasyon ng ating mga pulis: may pagka-personal po ang motibo kung bakit nangyari itong ganitong insidente,” Apolinario said.

"Hindi ko lang po pwede i-discuss ngayon iyung investigation kasi ongoing pa po iyung follow-up ng special investigation task group na binuo namin,” he added.

While riding a jeepney in Makati City last July, Lauren, 27, was gunned down by a fellow passenger.

Her brother Jhay-r, an IT professional based in the United Kingdom who was pursuing his sister’s murder with the police, was killed by an unknown gunman in Barangay San Antonio in Makati City last October 26. According to his friends, Jhay-r was about to leave for abroad when he was murdered.

Thieves break into Rosales home

Following their slays, thieves broke into the Rosales family’s house in Manila on October 27.

The relatives discovered that three laptops and two TV sets missing from their home, while cabinets and containers were searched through. Two of the laptops belonged to Jhay-r.

Family members believe that the stolen laptops may contain information vital to the investigation of the case that Jhay-r was about to hand to the police.

Murders not a case of mistaken identity

Although he refused to provide more details about the killings, Apolinario said they already have persons of interest for the case. He also emphasized that the murders were not related to illegal drugs nor mistaken identity.

The Philippine National Police's Anti-Cybercrime Group have been tapped to obtain clues from the siblings’ social media accounts, which are believed to be the key in solving the case.

--Mini, The Summit Express

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