Investigators are considering business and personal issues as possible motives for the killing of Universidad de Zamboanga president Arturo Eustaquio III on Sunday, a police official said.

“Dalawa lang talaga ang angle dito, it’s either business-related or personal,” Senior Supt. Edwin de Ocampo, Zamboanga City police director, said in a phone interview.

De Ocampo, however, declined to elaborate as police were still waiting for members of Eustaquio’s family to give statements.

The 63-year-old Eustaquio, a Muslim convert, was buried 9 a.m. Monday.

Eustaquio, member of an affluent family that owns Universidad de Zamboanga and the Zamboanga Arturo Eustaqio College (ZAEC) Hospital, was riding his motorcycle along Maestra Vicenta st. in Brgy. Sta Maria around 1 p.m., when shot by one of two men on another motorcycle.

“Lima ang tama niya (Eustaquio), puro sa body, all from a caliber-.45 pistol… Inambush siya just 200 meters from his residence,” De Ocampo said.

The victim was brought to the family-owned ZAEC Hospital, but died while undergoing operation.

“May mga witness na istambay pero di nila namukhaan ‘yung suspects kasi parehong naka-helmet,” De Ocampo said, adding he is puzzled why Eustaquio used a motorcycle as the family owns several vehicles.

A police source, who requested anonymity for lack of authority to speak on the matter, said it was possible that the killing might have stemmed from sibling rivalry over the Eustaquios’ businesses.

“Multi-millionaire sila, may eskuwelahan, may ospital. It’s a corporation na handled ng mga magkakapatid, magpipinsan,” the source said.

“Lima silang magkakapatid pero dalawa lang silang magkapatid na may share. Siya (Eustaquio) ang parang pet, paborito… matagal nang may away diyan,” the source said.

De Ocampo and Senior Supt. Edgar Danao, head of the 9th Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit tapped to help the city police solve the murder, declined to comment on the source’s information.

“His family (Eustaquio) might issue statements a day after the burial,” Danao said.

A special investigation task group led by Chief Supt. Mario Yanga, Zamboanga Peninsula regional police deputy director for administration, was formed to speed up the probe, Danao added.

Universidad de Zamboanga is a private university founded on Oct. 12, 1948 by the victim’s father, Arturo Sr. It was formerly known as Zamboanga Arturo Eustaquio College until the name was changed to Universidad de Zamboanga in 2005, the year it was granted university status.

The institution, which is said to hold 25 percent of all college enrollments in Region 9, has eight campuses spread out in an area of more than 130 hectares in and outside of Zamboanga City. (John Roson)

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