LAOAG CITY, Jan. 7–A police official said investigators had theorized that love triangle may be the motive behind the murder of Mark Francisco, a caretaker of a house here owned by a British national on Brgy. 13, this city.

Francisco of Pasig City, Metro Manila, was allegedly killed on Thursday night. Passersby found his body dumped in a roadside at sitio 4, Brgy. Balacad, this city on Friday morning. The cadaver bore gunshot and stab wounds.

Chief Inspector Bernardo Cerezo, city deputy police chief, told reporters that the suspect was arrested Friday while driving his tricycle and ferrying passengers along Vintar road at Brgy. 23, San Matias here.

The arresting officers seized from the suspect’s possession a fragmentation hand grenade, he added. (Sentinel withheld the suspect’s name and identity).

C/I Cerezo explained that based on the investigation, the victim Mark Francisco, married, and the suspect, also married, were both enamored with a woman. “The suspect apparently became jealous against the victim,” he further told the media.

Cerezo said the Diego and Fransisco personally knew each other. Before the incident, he quoted witnesses saying that the victim was last seen alive in company with several friends on board a tricycle driven by Diego.

They were en route to Fort Ilocandia in Brgy. Calayab, this city probably to have fun there, the Deputy added. However, when they reached Brgy.Nangalisan, Francisco decided to disembark from the tricycle and ride with the motorcycle of another friend, Cerezo quoted the witnesses.

The Deputy police chief said that the woman, whose identity was withheld, was also invited for questioning last night but was freed later. The respective wives of the victim and the suspect likewise appeared at the city police station.

It was learned the suspect vehemently denied any knowledge in the killing of Francisco.(Sentinel news team with reports from m.m.a., n.r.t., r.y., r.r&m.c.)