Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go arranged on Tuesday, January 14, a meet and greet between President Rodrigo Duterte and the family of Mizzielle Jamyka “Myka” Cruz Gutierrez who was stabbed to death in February 2011.
During the brief meet up in Malacañan, the President also released the P200,000 reward for the private informant who led the police to the whereabouts of Kristoffer Von Moraleja, the prime suspect in the crime and considered to be Pasay City’s most wanted because he had been in hiding for eight years.
Moraleja, who was 19 when the crime happened, is accused of killing Gutierrez, his girlfriend and who was 21 then, at his home in Pasay City. Police personnel were able to serve him an arrest warrant on January 6 this year at Barangay Alinbunbungan in Nagcarlan, Laguna, and was taken to the Pasay City police headquarters on January 8.
After Moraleja was arrested, Go communicated with the President to ensure the prompt release of the reward so that possible informants of other crimes will be encouraged to contact the authorities.
Go urged the public to help authorities combat crimes during a radio interview on Saturday, January 11. “Sana ay maiwasan itong mga ganitong krimen, so sa akin naman po, kapag may nangyaring ganito, tulungan lang tayo, coordination with the police. Isumbong niyo kaagad para po mabigyan ng mabilis na hustisya,” he said during “SOCO sa DZMM,” a program aired on DZMM Radyo Patrol 630 and DZMM TeleRadyo.
In the same interview, Go promised Myka Gutierrez’s parents that he would take them to the President. “Kapag nangako si Pangulo ay kanyang tutuparin ito. Ibibigay niya ang pabuya sa kung sino ‘yung tumulong at nagturo upang maaresto ang suspek,” the Senator said.
He also recalled that Dante Jimenez, head of the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) and the current chair of the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC), introduced the victim’s parents to him in 2016.
“Sa maalala ko lang po, kampanya noon ni then Mayor Duterte at ating Pangulo ngayon…Inilapit po (ang kaso ni Myka) sa amin ng mag-asawang Gutierrez at nangako si Pangulong Duterte na kung sino po ang makakapagturo sa suspek na si Von Moraleja ay magbibigay po siya ng pabuya,” Go said.
The President added P200,000 to the rewards offered by the city mayors of Pasay, Parañaque and Muntinlupa.
In recognition of the efforts of Philippine National Police (PNP)-Nagcarlan, led by Police Captain Elvin John Tio, the President gave them P100,000 during the same occasion.
Jimenez also witnessed the release of the reward. He thanked the President and Senator Go “for not forgetting the promise” they made to the parents of Gutierrez. He also said that the case against Moraleja “will be monitored by the VACC through its Court Watch System.”#