WE WANT JUSTICE, TOO: Family of Smallville slay suspect asks NBI for parallel probe

A SCENE inside one of Smallville complex’s nightspots (thebestofiloilo.wordpress.com)

THE family of the alleged gunman in the Smallville Complex murder case has asked the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI)-6 to conduct a parallel probe.

Bong Hulleza, the father of suspect Vanlen Jyru Joseph Hulleza, submitted his request to NBI-6 on Dec 4, 2017.

Bong was accompanied by their legal counsel Fhymor Gascon.

Both Hulleza and Gascon attested to the innocence of 22-year old Vanlen.

Instead, they rapped the group of the victim, 24-year old Rey Myr Tan, for starting a commotion before the shooting episode happened at around 5:35 a.m. Sunday.

They told Bombo Radyo-Iloilo that Vanlen’s arrest was a case of mistaken identity.

They said that prior to the shooting incident, Tan’s group harassed Vanlen when one of the victim’s companions allegedly flashed a dirty finger at the suspect and threw a bottle at his car.

A commotion allegedly broke out.

Bong Hulleza and Gascon said Tan’s group was allegedly armed with a handgun and a shotgun.

Citing the accounts of their witnesses, Tan was holding one of the guns and attempted to shoot Vanlen.

But Gascon said Tan’s firearm jammed. He later threw the gun at the suspect.

But one of Vanlen’s companions got hold of the firearm and shot the victim.

Gascon also “corrected” earlier reports that Vanlen was with two other persons.

“There were five of them but the two remained inside the vehicle,” he claimed.

The four are employees of Bong Hulleza who is into construction and glass and aluminum installation.

“Ang isa sa workers ko. Sya ang nakatiro. That’s why nagapasalamat ako sa tawo ko kay lung wala nya to gin-ubra sa mga aggressor, ang bata ko subong ang patay,” Hulleza said.

When asked for the identity of the person, Gascon and Hulleza said they have first to work on his surrender.



If Tan’s family wanted justice, so is Vanlen’s camp.

“Kung gadali ang pamilya sa pihak, mas gadali pa gid ako nga ma-shed light kung ano natabo,” Hulleza said.

Further, “gusto man namon mabal-an ang kamatuoran sang natabo. Ang bata ko ya wala nakatiro,” he added.

Hulleza claimed that a footage of his son’s vehicle doesn’t mean he’s the gunman.

Gascon said it was a convenient move to accuse his client as the gunman just because he owns the vehicle caught on CCTV cameras.

“It’s that how the police work?” he said.

Gascon also hit the Mandurriao police for not releasing information about the commotion prior to the shooting episode.

He said police probers only got the testimonies of the other side.

Hulleza said they have been looking and gathering CCTV footages from establishments to bolster his son’s innocence.

They are also awaiting the release of the paraffin test result, which they claimed, would prove that Vanlen did not fire a gun.



On Dec. 4, a criminal case for obstruction of justice was filed against Marben Ferrer, 27, of Barangay Sambag, Jaro, Iloilo City, and Med-Reach Jay Luable, 25, of Barangay Gines, Janiuay, Iloilo.

Chief Inspector Juvy Navales, Mandurriao police chief, said the two allegedly prevented policemen in a hot pursuit operation which led to Vanlen’s arrest.

The two were arrested hours after Tan, a resident of Lawa-an Village, Barangay Balantang, Jaro, was killed dawn of Dec 3.

In its complaint, the Mandurriao Police Station claimed that the two suspects tried to help Vanlen in the latter’s attempt to escape by closing the main gate of their compound.

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