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Odiongan Police Working Double Time in Solving SP Maulion Murder Case

Odiongan, Romblon - Local police authorities are working round-the-clock as they continue to search for clues that could help in the early solution of the gruesome killing of Sangguniang Panlalawigan member Robert F. Maulion that sent shock waves all over the province.

Maulion's lifeless body was discovered by one of his employees at around 9:30 Saturday morning at the 4th floor of the Rose Petal building which is owned by and where lived the victim. The residential building is located in barangay Tabing-Dagat, only a stone's throw away from the famous Odiongan beach.

In a press conference held Sunday evening, Odiongan town police chief P/Capt. Manuel F. Fernandez, Jr. said Maulion bore 16 stab wounds, two of them lacerated his neck. He also had a black eye and was hit with a blunt instrument in the head.

The murder weapon used in the killing has yet to be found. Maulion was last seen alive at around 9 o'clock Friday evening after he had just arrived from Romblon town where he attended a provincial board session that same day, reports say.

Police Captain Fernandez admitted they already have a "person of interest in mind but refused to divulge his identity pending completion of their follow-up investigation. Aside from robbery as a possible motive, Fernandez said they're also looking at other angles like personal grudge for the cold-blooded murder.

The 58-year old neophyte SP Member owns several businesses in Odiongan. One of which is the Rose Petal Trucking, a forwarding business with the warehouse situated adjacent to the residential building.

Found missing among the late SP Member's possessions were a handgun of unknown caliber, two cellphones and wallet containing cash for workers' wages.

Maulion won a seat in the Sangguniang Panlalawigan in the last gubernatorial elections representing District 2.

In the same press conference, Capt. Fernandez announced that LGU Odiongan has offered P20,000 reward money to anyone who could provide vital information regarding the Maulion murder case. He also assured the public that Odiongan remains generally peaceful and that the incident is an isolated one. (Bill F. Gabay)