By Christopher Lloyd Caliwan

(Photo courtesy of Dasmariñas City Police Station)

MANILA – The Philippine National Police (PNP) has identified the suspect in the killing of Queen Leanne Daguinsin, a student of De La Salle University-Dasmariñas in Cavite.

The Special Investigation Task Group (SITG) Daguinsin convened Friday morning to discuss the developments and named the suspect as Angelito Erlano, also known as “Kulet”, a resident of Barangay San Nicolas 2, Dasmariñas City.

Follow-up operation by the Dasmariñas City Police Station and Cavite Provincial Intelligence Unit on March 29, the day after the body was found, led to the identification of the suspect and the suspect’s house through a review of closed-circuit television camera footages.

The police recovered a black short with a white stripe and a blue t-shirt, believed to have been used by the suspect during the commission of the crime, and a black backpack.

According to police records, the suspect had previous involvement in other robbery cases.

Daguinsin was found dead by her classmates on Tuesday inside her dormitory room in Barangay Santa Fe. They checked on her as she has been absent for days.

Police investigation showed the computer science student sustained 14 stab wounds to different parts of the body.

The reward money for the capture of the suspect has reached PHP1.1 million as of Thursday, started off by PHP300,000 from Cavite Governor Jonvic Remulla.

PNP tracker teams are still in the area while a case build-up is being undertaken by the Dasmariñas City police.

“We condemn this heinous crime and we will not stop until the perpetrator will be put behind bars. We call on the public to cooperate with the authorities and report any information that may lead to the arrest of the suspect,” PNP chief General Rodolfo Azurin Jr. said in a statement.

The PNP also assured the public that it remains committed to maintaining peace and order, observance of human rights, and ensuring justice for Daguinsin and her family. (PNA)