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Go urges civilians to help authorities combat crime

January 15, 2020 - Wednesday 6:01 PM by Ruth Palo

Article Banner Image President Rodrigo Duterte (center), Senator Christopher Lawrence Go (fifth from left), Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) chair Dante Jimenez (sixth from left), and police officials meet with the family of murder victim Mizzielle Jamyka “Myka” Cruz Gutierrez as well as the informant who helped track down the suspect. Contributed photo

President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday released a P200,000 reward to the private informant who pointed police to the whereabouts of the prime suspect in the February 2011 murder of Mizzielle Jamyka “Myka” Cruz Gutierrez.

The release was done in a brief meeting arranged by Senator Christopher Lawrence Go with Gutierrez’s family in Malacañang.

The suspect, Kristoffer Von Moraleja, was considered Pasay City’s most wanted because he had been in hiding for eight years.

Moraleja, who was 19 when the crime happened, is accused of killing Gutierrez, his girlfriend who was 21 then, at his home in Pasay City.

Police personnel were able to serve him an arrest warrant on January 6 this year in Barangay Alinbunbungan in Nagcarlan, Laguna and was taken to the Pasay City police headquarters on January 8.

After Moraleja was arrested, Go communicated with the President to ensure the prompt release of the reward so that possible informants of other crimes will be encouraged to contact the authorities.

In a statement, Go urged the public to help authorities combat crimes.

“Sana ay maiwasan itong mga ganitong krimen, so sa akin naman po, kapag may nangyaring ganito, tulungan lang tayo, coordination with the police. Isumbong niyo kaagad para po mabigyan ng mabilis na hustisya,” he said.

Go also recalled that Dante Jimenez, head of the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) and the current chair of the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC), introduced the victim’s parents to him in 2016.

“Sa maalala ko lang po, kampanya noon ni then Mayor Duterte at ating Pangulo ngayon...Inilapit po (ang kaso ni Myka) sa amin ng mag-asawang Gutierrez at nangako si Pangulong Duterte na kung sino po ang makakapagturo sa suspek na si Von Moraleja ay magbibigay po siya ng pabuya,” Go said.

The President added P200,000 to the rewards offered by the city mayors of Pasay, Parañaque and Muntinlupa.

In recognition of the efforts of Philippine National Police (PNP)-Nagcarlan led by Police Captain Elvin John Tio, the President gave them P100,000 during the same occasion.

Jimenez also witnessed the release of the reward. He thanked the President and Senator Go “for not forgetting the promise” they made to the parents of Gutierrez.

He also said the case against Moraleja “will be monitored by the VACC through its Court Watch System.”