Slain dentist’s hubby denies involvement in crime – police chief

MALAYBALAY CITY (Bukidnon News/22 September) Police said the husband of slain dentist Ma. Bernadette Tenorio denied involvement in the crime when investigated by police in Kitaotao P/Supt. Oscar Jacildo, Malaybalay City police chief, said Friday.

Jacildo said Tenorio’s husband spoke to police investigators led by SPO1 Jerry Lahayon on September 15 a day after Tenorio was cremated in Cagayan de Oro. Her remains were buried in Koronadal, South Cotabato on September 16.

But Jacildo refused to give details on the initial police investigation citing that the Tenorios and the husband have yet to execute affidavits.

An insider from the Magic Smile Dental Clinic, owned by the slain dentist, confirmed that the family is yet to file an affidavit following Tenorio’s death near noon on September 8 after a still unidentified gun shot her inside her clinic.

Bukidnon News is yet to reach the husband for comments. The couple has faced the court for legal separation, sources close to the slain dentist said.

Earlier, Jacildo confirmed that the hit man was a gun-for-hire. He said they have identified a suspect that corresponds to the features of the man on the cartographic sketch generated by investigators from witnesses who saw the suspect.

“A team has been dispatched to close in to the suspect,” he said via telephone last week.

But Jacildo said it will still take time for them to point to the mastermind as they have to exhaust all angles.

“We are leaving no stones unturned in this case,” he added, refusing to reveal the angles in response to the family’s request for silence in the meantime pending Tenorio’s wake.

Jacildo said the clinic’s close-circuit television (CCTV) camera also did not help identify the suspect.

He said it was unplugged 30 minutes before the suspect arrived so a laptop computer can be charged.

Arnold Tenorio, elder brother of the victim said in a chance interview on September 10 the gunman appeared to have no other targets but her life.

As of last week, the Tenorios refused to comment on the identity of the “mastermind” leaving the police investigation “to take its course.”

But Tenorio said they are ready to file charges against the suspect if “probable cause” is established linking the person to the murder.

He refused to give more details but added that “everyone else in Malaybalay knows (who had grudge against the victim.)”

Tenorio cited the actuations of the killer, who pretended to be a patient by asking for a quotation for dentures (false teeth). The killer approached the secretary then spoke with Tenorio for about 10 minutes, a staff said.

When a deal was supposedly reached, he was asked for identification or an insurance card.

Instead, he drew the gun and pointed it to Tenorio, who, along with a female staff, was able to run towards the rear portion of the clinic.

The killer followed and pulled the trigger for the single shot that killed the 42-year old dentist.  Tenorio was shot past 11a.m. Saturday, using a .357 Magnum revolver, according to Jacildo.

The gunman is still at large even if the police have released a computer generated sketch on regional television.

Bukidnon sources said the hitman did not harm the female staff and the driver who came to check on what happened. He then walked out of the clinic and crossed the street where a motorcycle-riding accomplice was waiting. They sped off towards Sumpong and believed to have exited through the city diversion road. (Walter I. Balane/Bukidnon News)