Arrest warrants out as suspect in Olongapo murder flees to US

Randy Datu
Arrest warrants out as suspect in Olongapo murder flees to US
Arrest warrants for the suspects come later than expected as the prime suspect in the case has already fled for Alaska.



OLONGAPO CITY, Philippines – On Tuesday, July 28, Arrest warrants were issued for the two suspects in the death of Karieces “Aika” De Dios Mojica, who was found dead in San Felipe town in Zambales last week. 

One of the two suspects in the gruesome killing of a 23-year-old woman from this city, however, has already eluded arrest, flying to the US the day after he committed the crime, according to Olongapo Mayor Rolen Paulino.

Judge Consuelo Amog-Bocar issued warrant of arrest orders against Jonathan Dewayne Ciocon Viane and Nino Dela Cruz.

Viane, the main suspect, is 29 years old, married, and a resident of San Isidro, Subic, Zambales, while  Dela Cruz is also a resident of Subic town. 

Mojica was reported missing by his parents earlier after she failed to come home from a birthday party the night before.

In a press conference held here in his office this morning, Mayor Paulino said Viane, a Filipino-American, has eluded arrest and is now bound for Alaska, via Colorado, United States. 

Paulino said based on records of the Bureau of Immigration (BI), Viane’s original schedule for departure was on July 29 but he changed his booking and left on the 26th.

He left via Eva Air BR272.

His companion, Dela Cruz, is also at large and is believed to be in hiding.

The two suspects were identified after “Claire” a 17-year-old girlfriend of Viane, told police he (Viane) told her of the death of Mojica the day she was reported by her parents missing.

Claire, in her testimony to the police, said she was with the victim the night of July 24 and later accompanied her to a gasoline station near the local high school here to meet Viane, who told her he wanted to meet the victim to talk about the rumor he heard she has been telling things to Viane’s wife, who was in the Unites States.

Mojica’s dead body was found by residents of San Felipe in the morning of July 25.

Claire, in her affidavit, said she met again with Viane the morning after she took Mojica to meet with him and asked him what happened and where is Mojica and he only answered with a sign she was already dead.

She said he even told her not to worry as as the killing was a “clean job.”

San Felipe Police, in their report, said the victim was shot and her body “partly burned.”

A manhunt for the other suspect, Dela Cruz, continues and a P50,000 reward has been offered for information leading to his arrest. – 

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