One of the two inmates who allegedly killed a fellow prisoner last month at the now defunct Negros Occidental Provincial jail at Gonzaga Street in Bacolod City, has executed an extra judicial confession before the National Bureau of Investigation Wednesday wherein he tagged a jail guard as the mastermind of the crime.
Mario Aburdio, 21, of Calatrava, who is detained for murder, claimed that he killed Irish Enrile, 28, of Pulpandan town on July 24 on orders of Jail Officer 1 Nelson Mabus Jr.
Aburido, in an interview with ABS-CBN, said that Mabus offered him P20,000 to kill Enrile, or he would be killed if he refused. He apologized to the family of Enrile saying he did not intend to kill him and was only forced to do it.
The extra-judicial confession of Aburido is a major break-through in the case and will strengthen the administrative and criminal charges to be filed against Mabus, legal counsel Rey Diaz of Enrile’s family told the DAILY STAR.
Diaz said that he does not have a copy yet of Aburido’s extra judicial confession. Aside from that, he said they also have corroborating statements of other inmates who said they are witnesses to the planned killing of Enrile.
Aside from Aburido, another inmate, Ramil Berito, also claimed that the jail guard offered him P30,000 to kill Enrile but he refused to do it.
Former provincial jail warden Insp. Dionesio Silva had said that Enrile, who was facing homicide charges, Aburido and Rolando Ramos, 28, of Murcia, who is facing cattle rustling raps, were lining up to get water at the NOPJ when they got into an argument which led to the stabbing of Enrile several times.
The NBI, Bacolod Police Station 2 and the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group stepped into the case.
Valladolid Mayor Romel Yogore informed Governor Alfredo Marañon, Jr. in a letter on July 7, that he was initiating an administrative complaint against Mabus for direct participation in the maltreatment and eventual killing of Enrile, and against Silva for negligence.
Yogore added that Arlie Bacia, whom Enrile killed on March 25, is a relative of Mabus, while Silva did not take any precautionary measures despite the fact that he had been informed by Enrile, in the presence of his legal counsel relatives, that there was danger to his life and limb because Mabus was motivated by revenge to harm him as early as April 14, 2011.
Yogore said he believes that if this case is not resolved, it may become a precedent for similar incidents in the future.
NOJP Deputy Warden Insp. Juanito Dimaano said Mabus will continue to be in active service but stressed that he will be relieved once formal charges are filed against him.
Dimaano said the Governor will give the relief order for Mabus as the provincial jail guards are under the provincial government and not the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology.
Elizabeth Enrile, the victim’s mother, said she is thankful that Aburido told the truth and that she is not surprised that Mabus is behind the killing of her son.
Even if Mabus denies it, she said, they do not have any doubt that he was behind the killing of her son so he could retaliate for the death of his relative.
Ismael, Enrile’s elder brother, said it was so ironic that the inmates, whom his brother considered as his friends, were the ones who ended his life and he also wants them to suffer what his brother did. *APN