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MANILA, Philippines - Police are on the hunt for a man caught on closed-circuit video writing a letter wherein he and his cohorts confessed to the killing of a businessman in Caloocan City in exchange for P1 million which, the man said, they never received.
The businessman, Jose Martinez, was found dead in his house in Caloocan with gunshot wounds in his head and nape on May 13.
More than a weeek after the crime, the chief of the Investigation and Detection Management of the Caloocan police received from a certain "Rommel Ignacio" a package containing the title of the victim's property and his SIM card.
Also included in the package was a letter saying that the group was hired to kill the victim and that the mastermind promised to pay them P1 million. But, the letter said, the latter reneged on his promise.
Sr. Supt. Jude Santos, chief of the Caloocan police, said, "It's not often that killers give leads. Apparently, they felt they were duped and not paid to do the job."
Police were able to trace the letter to the courier service that delivered the package.
The courier service had a CCTV system that captured the sender of the package, one of the suspects, taking a long time to write the letter. It seemed the man was intent on changing his handwriting. He also tried to erase fingerprints from his letter.
Police noted that the suspect used the words "bro" and "kabaro" in the letter, which, investigators said, could suggest that the suspects may be policemen.
The family of the victim has offered P200,000 for any information that may lead to the solution of the crime.