Kinsmen nabbed for murder of Nueva Ecija gov’s aide, another suspect surrenders

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Forensic investigators check the vehicle of Mary Ann Hernandez, murdered executive secretary of Nueva Ecija Gov. Czarina Umali. (photo by Cris Sansano, InterAksyon)

CABANATUAN CITY, Nueva Ecija — Police arrested a man and his nephew for their alleged involvement in the January 14 murder of the chief aide of Nueva Ecija Governor Czarina Umali.

Anastacio Geron, 47, and his nephew Armando Geron, 26, both of San Jose City, admitted to acting as lookouts and monitoring the movements of Mary Ann Hernandez, who was shot dead at a gasoline station in Talavera as she was having her vehicle fueled.

Another suspect, Reynaldo Iglesia, also of San Jose, surrendered.

Police seized a .38 caliber revolver, a grenade and ammunition from the Gerons, whose cellular phones also yielded text messages allegedly about plans for the hit on Hernandez.

Authorities say they have identified the gunman and are hunting him down even as they try to determine the motive for the murder.