A Philippine Military (PA) common has been relieved after he was tagged within the homicide of a Davao Metropolis-based mannequin and businesswoman final month.
Lt. Gen. Romeo Brawner Jr., PA Commanding Basic, mentioned that Brig. Gen. Jesus Durante III was named as a particular person of curiosity within the loss of life of Yvonette “Yvonne” Chua Plaza.
Durante has been serving because the commander of the Davao de Oro-based 1001st Infantry Brigade.
“The Philippine Military is not going to condone any legal act dedicated by its personnel. As such, BGen. Jesus Durante has been relieved as Commander of the 1001st Brigade after being named as a particular person of curiosity within the homicide of Yvonette Chua Plaza,” Brawner mentioned on Wednesday, Jan. 25.
Brawner famous that Durante’s aid was carried out “to present option to an neutral and thorough investigation.”
“The Military ensures the general public that this incident will not be service-related,” the Military chief careworn.
Plaza was shot lifeless by motorcycle-riding males in entrance of her rented home in a subdivision in Davao Metropolis final Dec. 28.
An investigation made by Particular Investigation Job Group (SITG) Plaza revealed Durante was the pinpointed mastermind within the killing of Plaza. Seven different troopers from the 1001st Infantry Brigade had been additionally tagged within the homicide case.
In keeping with SITF Plaza, Plaza accused Durante of maltreating her as she posted images of her bruises and cuts in her face on social media in April 2022.
Probers mentioned that Plaza and Durante had a relationship which they’ve established based mostly on the “items of proof” they collected, and added that witnesses’ statements pointed to jealousy because the attainable motive behind the killing.
However Durante, who had served as the top of the Presidential Safety Group (PSG) of former president Rodrigo Duterte, denied his involvement within the case in a earlier assertion.
Durante mentioned Plaza was his “good friend” as he referred to as for justice on her loss of life. He additionally insisted that he “didn’t in any means harmed (sic) her.”
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