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Text message names who killed female dance group member in Manila

By Adeline Yuboco     Jan 3, 2011 in Crime
Manila - An anonymous person allegedly named the gunman responsible for the murder of 'Baywalk Bodies' member Rejoice Rivera whose body was found along the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) on New Year's Eve.
Nieves Santos, the mother of Rivera, said that she received a text message on New Year's Eve, mentioning the name of the person who shot her daughter. The anonymous sender of the text message went on to mention that the murder took place last December 29.
In an interview Santos gave to ABS-CBN, she showed a portion of the text message she received regarding her daughter's murder which read: "Hindi na makaya ng konsensya ko. Ayoko po madamay dito" (My conscience cannot let me stay silent. I don't want to get involved).
Lito de Guzman, the manager of the all-female group 'Baywalk Bodies'--of which Rivera was a member--said in an interview featured on ABS-CBN's SNN TV show Monday evening that he has his own suspicions as to who would have murdered the 26-year old singer and dancer, but refuse to say anything until he has enough evidence that can substantiate this.
In another report, Danny Batulgas--the group's publicist--said that a witness saw Rivera's body being dumped along the expressway, but failed to get the plate number of the vehicle used.
When asked to give a message to her daughter's killer, Santos said: "Sana makonsensiya ka. Sana matakot ka din sa Diyos. Sana huwag mangyari ito sa’yo, sa nangyari sa anak ko. Pinagdadasal kita" (I hope your conscience gets to you. I hope that you have a fear of God. I hope what happened to my daughter does not happen to you. I am praying for you).
Rejoice Rivera--whose real name is Dianne Marie Santos--was found dead in the early morning hours of New Year's Eve as a result of two gunshot wounds to her head.
She was last seen alive on December 28, 2010 by her mother who said that Rivera was expecting a visitor to fetch her later that evening from her house in Malolos, Bulacan. No one heard from her after that. Her friends immediately reported her missing after the always-on-time Rivera was a no-show.
"Unusual para kay Rejoice na hindi mag-text (It is unusual for Rejoice not to text)," they said.
Although police officials have not released a possible motive, Rivera's mother and family members dismissed speculations that the tragedy was brought about by her sexy image.
The 'Baywalk Bodies' became popular in the Philippines after the release of their novelty hit entitled Kiliti (Tickle).
The group had its share of controversy and scandals. In 2007, the members of the said group were arrested by the police officers after having a nude pictorial right on Manila's Bay Walk, but were immediately released on bail. In January 2010, the group threatened to file a lawsuit against Cebu Pacific airlines after their shows in Cebu City were cancelled because they missed their flight set for 4:35 am. In March 2010, photos of the members of the group were published by Pinoy Parazzi showing them drinking and acting wildly, causing many of their neighbors to complain because of the noise.
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