Another car trader Venson Evangelista found burned
The burned body found last Jan. 14 in Nueva Ecija was confirmed just yesterday that it is indeed Venson Evangelista, another car dealer who went missing after meeting a prospective buyer in Cubao, Quezon City.
His father Arsenio together with his son identified Evangelista’s remains through dental records provided by his family.
Arsenio said he went to Nueva Ecija after getting reports that a charred body was found in Barangay Bularin beside an irrigation canal.
He said at first that he was unable to identify the body at the funeral parlor since it was burned beyond recognition. However his son Maynard started to cry and asked if it was his brother. When his son nodded, he broke down.
Arsenio and his family were still in denial up to the time the scene of the crime operatives (SOCO) were conducting the examination.
But reality hit hard when they identified the belt Venson was wearing that was found on the cadaver.
“As a father, I don’t feel that the body is my son’s,” he said.
Evangelista filed a report after the disappearance of his son last Jan. 12. His son accompanied on a test drive a cross-dressing man and a companion acting as a mechanic, who expressed interest in buying a Toyota Land Cruiser (license plate NAI-316).
Police investigators are now considering that the same group perpetrated the killings of the young Evangelista and Emerson Lozano, son of Marcos loyalist Oliver.
Even without the evidence to link the killings of the two car dealers, investigators said the way the victims were killed and by shots to the head and burned using kerosene may be more than sheer coincidence.
Due to these new developments, Quezon City Police District director Chief Superintendent Benjardi Mantele has proposed to Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Raul Bacalzo that the two special investigation task groups be merged to focus on the two cases.