This article was first published in The Manila Times on September 14, 2013.
It took almost three months of surveillance with a view to kill former Gov. Casimiro Yñares Jr. of Rizal and Mayor Casimiro “Jun” Yñares 3rd of Antipolo City.
Yñares 3rd told the The Manila Times on Friday that the wife of Rolando Laroco, an alleged hired assassin, narrated to him how he and three other unidentified hirelings followed the daily activities of the Yñareses.
He also said he had no knowledge of such plot until former president and now Mayor Joseph Estrada of Manila called his father, Yñares Jr., to tell him about it, and eventually referred the wife of Laroco to both Yñareses.
Laroco’s wife surrendered to Estrada earlier this week to seek for help for the security of her family, reports said.
“Sinabi sa amin ng asawa [ni Laroco] na sinusundan talaga lahat ng lakad naming mag-ama, pati na mga lakad ng pamilya namin every weekend,” Ynares 3rd said in a phone interview. “Palagi din daw nababanggit ang mga pangalang Freddie Garcia at Dan Aquino kapag nagmi-meeting sila.”
He added that Laroco and three others were offered P100,000 each as downpayment for the assassination job. “Kapag napatumba nila ako o si Papa, may ibabayad pang P600,000 sa kanilang apat, so P1 million ang bayad sa kanila sa kabuuan.”
Laroco was shot dead by four motorcycle-riding suspects along Buliran Road, Barangay San Isidro in the city in the afternoon of August 26. Laroco told his wife that he was afraid to perform the plan to kill Yñares 3rd.
The assassins were said to be hired by a certain Dan Aquino and Freddie Garcia. Garcia is said to be the treasurer of Barangay San Luis in the city where Andrei Zapanta, a known political rival of the Yñares 3rd, was chairman.
He said the plot could have been hatched by his political rivals.
“Wala naman kaming inaapakan kaya bakit naman kami mata-takot?” he said when asked how such plot could affect him and his work as mayor.
Yñares 3rd said elements of the Philippine National Police ensured his security from time to time by checking his schedule. He added that he stayed in his office for the entire week.