Witnesses told the police Muller’sattackers were two men who got down from a silver-painted car while those ofBritanico were on a black van. “Every information coming in is beinganalyzed,” said Malong. Ballistics examination on the slugsrecovered from the two crime scenes showed that the same pistols – .9mm and .45– were used on call center agent and drug suspect Alain Muller and businessmanDelfin Britanico. But the investigation is ongoing andno conclusions have been made yet. Police Lieutenant Colonel Joem Malong,spokesperson of the Police Regional Office 6 (PRO-6), proffered a theory – theblack van may be a backup vehicle of Muller’s hurrying gunmen and they may havetransferred to it, then they figured in a traffic altercation with themotorcycle-driving Britanico. Muller was killed at 12:03 p.m. andless than 30 minutes after, Britanico was gunned down. Yesterday, the Britanico family issuedan official statement. Here it is in full: “We are appealing to those who haveknowledge or information that may lead to the arrest of the perpetratorsto share these with law enforcement agencies and to mobile number 09369181307.” There are two parallel probes – thatof the Iloilo City Police Office and that of the National Bureau ofInvestigation requested by Britanico’s father, former assemblyman Salvador “Buddy”Britanico. “Del was killed at the young age of 36years old. The families trust the law enforcement agencies supported by the localand national government will catch those responsible for this gruesome actof killing. Another possible scenario, accordingto Malong, would be Mullers’ gunmen giving Britanico a chase because thebusinessman happened to witness their crime in Barangay Cuartero, Jaro. ILOILO City – Were the men who shot todeath a call center agent in Barangay Cuartero, Jaro district a little pastnoon on Jan. 19 the same persons who killed a young businessman in BarangayNabitasan, La Paz district just minutes after? “We, the members of the Britanico andLao families, condemn the broad daylight shooting and murder of our dearesthusband, father, son, brother, and family members of Delfin Celestial Britanicoin Barangay Nabitasan, La Paz on Jan. 19. Britanico was running a truckingbusiness and a chain of laundry shops./PN
A big tropical mess is moving over the Caribbean Islands and it may eventually travel to South Florida.A few things are working against this system. There is dry air to the north with some Saharan Dust. Also strong upper level winds known as Shear are helping to keep it in check and of course land interaction. Still, it seems to hang on.The track will be a bit challenging. Models base their forecasts on a good starting fix. Because there’s no closed center of circulation, the cone and intensity forecasts will remain iffy until the center is found.We know the system will move over the Leeward Islands early on Wednesday with heavy rain and gusty winds, then travel over the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico Wednesday evening. It could reach Dominican Republic and Haiti the next day. Cuba will get the rain and wind by Friday.In the long run, it may even reach South Florida and the Bahamas. All that may change if the center is found in a different location than presently estimated. The system will be pushed NW by high pressure and will look for the gap between the high and the approaching jet stream as its route north.HazardsRain will be the biggest concern. Large amounts will lead to a flooding threat along with land and mudslides.The forecast calls for:Leeward Islands & Virgin Islands: 3″ – 6″Puerto Rico: 3″ – 6″ with up to 10 in spotsDominican Republic: 3″ – 6″ with some areas as much as 8″Haiti: 2″ – 4″Windward Islands: 1″ – 3″South Florida and the Bahamas should monitor closely. Many things can change in the next 24-48 hrs. with the forecast track.We’ll be watching.