The parents of Mizzielle Jamyka “Myka” Gutierrez, who was stabbed to death in February 2011, thanked Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go on Saturday, January 11, for his help in the arrest of Kristoffer Von Moraleja, then boyfriend of the victim and prime suspect in the crime.
“Maraming salamat po,” Albert Gutierrez, the father of the victim, told the Senator on “SOCO sa DZMM,” a program aired on DZMM Radyo Patrol 630 and DZMM TeleRadyo every Saturday evening. His wife, Marie Jean Gutierrez, said the same and mentioned President Rodrigo Duterte.
“Huwag po kayong magpasalamat sa amin. Trabaho po namin ‘yan, at gaya ng pinapangako ni Pangulong Duterte, patuloy po naming lalabanan ang korapsyon sa gobyerno, kriminalidad at iligal na droga,” Go answered.
Program hosts Gus Abelgas and David Oro interviewed the Senator via phone patch, while the Gutierrez couple was in the studio.
Moraleja, accused of stabbing his girlfriend twelve times in his home in Pasay City due to jealousy, is considered the city’s most wanted because he has been in hiding since the crime happened. He was 19 then and the victim was 21.
The city’s police officers served him an arrest warrant on Monday, January 6, at Barangay Alinbunbungan in Nagcarlan, Laguna, and he was taken to the Pasay City police headquarters on Wednesday, January 8.
Go recalled during the interview 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 offered P200,000 as a reward for the capture of the suspect, on top of the rewards offered by the city mayors of Pasay, Parañaque and Muntinlupa.
Go also said that he will ensure the immediate release of the reward to the informants. “Kapag nangako si Pangulo ay kanyang tutuparin ito. Ibibigay niya ang pabuya sa kung sino ‘yung tumulong at nagturo upang maaresto ang suspek.”
He added that he will take the Gutierrez couple to the President soon. “Sa darating na Martes o Lunes ay ihaharap ko po kayo kay Pangulong Duterte,” he said.
“Nakikiramay po ako. Bagama’t hindi na natin maibabalik ang buhay ng inyong anak, importante po mabigyan kaagad ng hustisya,” he also told them.
To prevent similar crimes from happening, Go said he will continue to help the government fight illegal drugs. “Hindi ko po masabi kung droga ang dahilan, pero kadalasan po ay sangkot ang droga sa mga ganitong karumaldumal na krimen, kaya isusulong namin ngayong taon na ito ‘yung restoration po ng death penalty.”
The Senator filed a bill in 2019 that seeks to reinstate the death penalty for certain heinous crimes involving dangerous drugs and plunder.
He cited the case of Barbie Inocencio, a 16-year-old girl in Banga, South Cotabato, who was reported missing on December 2, 2019, and was found dead inside a sack a few days later.
“Ganito rin, may suspek din. Pinatay ‘yung teenager na babae, anak ng isang technician sa isang radio station sa Manila. Nagmamakaawa siyang tumawag sa akin, humihingi ng hustisya. After ng ilang oras ay natagpuan kaagad ‘yung suspek at nagbigay din po tayo ng pabuya sa kung sino ang makakapagturo,” he said.
“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 added.