The Narra police announced Thursday it has solved the murder of former Bantay Dagat municipal employee Erwin Guzman, with the arrest of a principal suspect identified as Mayolo Colas, alias “Jay-ar Colas”.
Colas was arrested July 3 in Purok 1, Brgy. Poblacion where he reportedly fled following the murder, along with his live-in partner Annaliza Tejana and her two children. The two were presented before the media by the Narra police on Thursday.
Tejana, who admitted to investigators and before the media that she and Colas were having an affair, was also tagged as a suspect in the crime.
The body of Guzman, an employee of the Narra municipal government, was discovered on July 2 inside a septic tank in the suspect’s house in Purok 4, Brgy. Bato-Bato, Narra town. His severed penis was found alongside his cadaver.
Narra station chief P/Maj. Carlito Valdez told reporters that upon his arrest, Colas readily confessed to the murder, stating that he stabbed Guzman out of jealousy and extreme anger when he saw him and his partner Tejana sleeping together in their house in Bato-Bato.
Colas declined to narrate the incident before the media and referred to the police to describe his account of the incident.
“Ayon sa kanya, nagdilim ‘yong paningin niya at kanyang sinaksak ng walang kalaban-laban ‘yong biktima. Pero nakabangon daw ang biktima, nagpambuno sila, pero natalo siya (Guzman) at namayani pa rin ‘yong lakas ng suspek kasi nga nasaksak na agad ang victim. Habang nagpapambuno sila, patuloy niyang sinasaksak ‘yong victim,” Valdez said.
“Sa post-mortem may natamong tatlong saksak ‘yong victim at isa sa abdomen. Sabi ng suspek sa amin nakita niya ‘yong dalawa na magkayakap at nakatagilid kaya sinaksak niya sa tagiliran ‘yong victim. Then ang worst is noong makita niyang nanghina ‘yong victim, pinutulan na niya ng private part,” he added.
Valdez said Colas told them during their investigation that he was unable to contain his anger upon seeing his live-in partner with Guzman.
Colas and a companion identified as a certain Rey Peralta placed Guzman’s body in the septic tank, according to Valdez.
Tejana, who had admitted to having an affair with the victim, told reporters she initially tried to stop Colas from stabbing Guzman but she got scared and ran to a corner of their room crying.
She admitted that Guzman often visited her in their house to fetch water, cook and feed her children, and sleep with her.
“Madalas siyang (Guzman) pumupunta sa amin. Sabi ko itigil na niya ‘yon pero lagi pa rin po siyang pumupunta. May time na laging sinasabi niya na wala siyang pakialam kasi masaya naman siyang makasama ang pamilya ko kahit mamatay pa siya,” Tejana said while crying.
She said she is also aware that Guzman is married because the victim showed him a photo of his family.
Valdez said Colas and Tejana were originally from Aklan. They transferred to Narra to work as caretakers of the farm lot where the crime happened.
Colas also has pending rape cases in Aklan filed by the two daughters of Tejana. Despite the cases, however, Tejana followed him in Narra to live with him as they also have children.
“Kung pagbabasehan ang flow ng investigation, natutumbok natin ang mga statement nila. Lumalabas na talagang alam niya noon pa na may relasyon ang kinakasama niya at ‘yong biktima, at malaki ‘yong posibilidad na ‘yong pag-uwi niya ay may plano na talaga siyang gawin ‘yon,” the Narra police chief related.
He also added that Tejana and her children voluntarily joined the suspect to escape to Roxas in northern Palawan.
“Kusa naman daw sumama sila madam (Annaliza) at ginamit nila ‘yong motor, ‘yong suspek may sariling motor, ‘yong kinakasama may sariling motor at puwede nating idagdag pa na kaso ay carnapping dahil kinuha nila ‘yong motor ng biktima,” said Valdez.
Colas was working on a construction site prior to his arrest. The Narra police who conducted the operation was assisted by the Barangay Peacekeeping Action Teams (BPATS) assets and personnel of the Roxas MPS.
A reward money for the capture of the suspect was earlier put up by Bato-Bato barangay captain Ernesto Ferrer Jr., and board members Ferdinand Zaballa and Prince Demaala IV.
Valdez said they had a hard time locating Colas because they do not have any idea of his appearance and because he uses different names.
“Nahirapan kami hanapin siya dahil hindi namin alam ang kanyang itsura at si Mayolo kasi, itong si Jay-ar ay maraming ginagamit na pangalan dito sa Narra — Jay-ar Colas then sa Roxas ginamit niya naman ay Mario dela Cruz pero ang tunay niyang pangalan doon sa warrant niya ay Mayolo Colas,” Valdez added.
Demaala said that as a public servant and a local resident of the town he willingly helped in locating the suspect by giving a reward to the assets.
“Ang role namin dito bilang taga-Narra din, nagbigay kami ng insentibo kahit hindi malaki pero kumbaga bonus na lang sa nagsumbong sa atin na gumalaw para mahuli itong suspek natin,” he said.
Zaballa, on the other hand, gave credit to the active participation of the village watchmen they contacted.
“Nag-engage kami ng mga private individuals at BPATS na pumunta doon para mahanap ‘yong suspek sa Roxas. Lahat ng logistical support nag-provide kami para hindi mahalata ang police natin. Binantayan sila ng dalawang araw, nagkaroon din kami ng intelligence works, at lahat ‘yon ay binabato namin sa imbestigador ng Narra MPS at sila ang nag-plano kung paano mahuhuli ‘yong suspek”, he said.