8 Unresolved Crime Cases We Want Televised
By Tynne De Leon
Pinoys have always been fascinated with real-life mystery cases, especially when they are adapted on-screen; ABS-CBN even has its show, Ipaglaban Mo! which dramatizes real crime cases in digest form.
Its popularity is understandable. After all, there are a lot of open cases that are so screwed, they make us go, “What the f*ck really happened?!”
While some of these have been televised already on GMA’s Case Unclosed, maybe it’s time that we pull off a Sherlock, or even a Making A Murderer, and see resolutions to these cases once and for all. Here are crime cases that we want to be solved on TV:
8. Hultman-Chapman murder
It was unclear to us why Claudio Teehankee Jr., son of the late former Chief Justice Claudio Teehankee, Sr., decided to shoot and kill two innocent young people in Makati the night of July 13, 1991. But one thing’s for sure: he is now a free man.
Maureen Hultman, Roland John Chapman and Jussi Leino were driving home from a party that night, 25 years ago, when Teehankee stopped the car, asked for an ID and gunned them down. Hultman and Chapman died while Leino was seriously injured. Although Teehankee served prison time since 1991, he was granted executive clemency by former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in 2008, and was released based on “good conduct time allowance.”
What could have been Teehankee’s motive for killing them?
7. Ninoy Aquino assassination
The famous death that paved way to the rebirth of Philippine democracy is sadly a mystery up until now. After three years of self-imposed exile in the United States, former Senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino, Jr. decided to return to the country, only to be welcomed by a gunshot leading to his death. After two separate investigations from the Marcos and new Aquino government, they haven’t really confirmed who really murdered Ninoy.
It’s about time to re-investigate it and finally put this case to rest.
6. Nida Blanca murder
The sudden, high profile death of actress Nida Blanca has shocked us with its brutality and the fact that the top suspect was her husband, American actor Rod Strunk. She was stabbed inside her car in a parking lot at Greenhills, San Juan City.
Philip Medel, a self-confessed killer, owned up to the crime, saying Strunk hired him to kill Blanca. He recanted his statements later, but he was still held in jail until his death in 2010. Meanwhile, Strunk escaped justice after being released from jail by the U.S. government. The Philippines filed two extradition cases against him, but both were denied.
However, he committed suicide in 2007, making the pending case even more complicated, as the people initially involved are both dead.
5. Ramgen Revilla murder
The news of the murder of Ramgen Revilla spread like wildfire in 2011, as he’s also an actor and member of the prominent Revilla clan. The main suspects—his siblings, Ramon Joseph “RJ” Bautista and sister Ramona “Mara” Bautista—only made it more sensational. It all made for a truly fucked up telenovela after investigations showed that the motive for the crime was the management and distribution of allowances given by their father, Sen. Ramon Revilla Sr. The suspect siblings, together with five others, were then jailed, except for Mara who has fled the country. Their father claims RJ is innocent, but we’re all still in the dark on this.