Enerio murder: No CCTV footage

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Enerio murder: No CCTV footage

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Enerio
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One week passed, investigators still grope for any lead in the murder of businessman Eduardo “Boy” Enerio.

Although Enerio made a number of enemies, investigators found no traces that anybody would go to the extent  of taking his life.

It must be a well-planned handiwork of a professional hitman who knows how a murder investigation works.

PO2 Silvan Palacio, the duty crime investigator at the Tagbilaran City Police said they had already been permitted access to the CCTV monitor, but there was no footage captured from the two CCTV cameras mounted outside the building.

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Palacio said they banked on the CCTV footage to give them clues, but they found out the cameras were not rolling all the while.

He said they checked the victim’s cellphone to check if they could find any text message that could give clues, but found no text message containing death threats or any warning against the victim.

For his part, City Chief of Police George Vale, the investigation should comb through all possible angles to arrive at an accurate conclusion.

The investigation includes all the controversies that Enerio had encountered- -from the drug cases, murder cases  to business-related issues that he had been implicated in the past.

Enerio, 62, was shot to death at around 9:17 p.m. on June 7 right in front of his three-storey building along J. Borja St., this city.

He sustained gunshot wounds in the head, body, leg, shoulder and ankle.

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A witness saw two motorcycles fleeing the crime scene after five burst of gunfire echoed in the neighborhood.

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Enerio used to be based in the United States and came home in 2005 after he figured in controversies in California involving in car insurance fraud. He got arrested and served a jail term in the US.

In 2002, the American Insurance Journal published that Enerio, then 49 years old, was one of the two who engineered a massive insurance claim fraud utilizing an automobile body repair shop he jointly owned called Phil-Am Auto Body in Aukland, California.

The body repair shop used to be jointly owned by Enerio and Art Mercado (then 56) masterminded with two accomplices- -employees named Scott Cary, then 31, and Martin Randisi, 34 then, to  use their auto repair shop to claim insurance for “inflated damages for vehicles, staged and paper collisions, intentionally inflicting damages to vehicles.”

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Photos submitted were deemed by the insurance companies as “manufactured, simulated or stage-managed”.

The Almeda Country District Attorney’s Office  filed 20 counts of felony due to insurance fraud and grand theft. Warrants for the four’s arrests were issued.

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The auto body repair shop allegedly facilitated extraordinarily high insurance claims in just two years. Twenty-seven alleged car collision cases were reportedly rigged.

Recommended bail for Enerio then was set at US$990,000 (about P4.7 million in today’s peso-dollar exchange). This occurred in 2002. By 2005, Enerio was back in the Philippines.

Cebu-based police teams had raided his building, Honeybee Pension House, now called Enerio’s Pension House, for illegal drugs and illegal swertres operations.

He had also been implicated in the murder of his former aide.

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