The Balingoan Municipal Police Station arrested three out of four wanted suspects in a raid on a beach house in Barangay Alonzo, Misamis Oriental, on Friday morning, December 3.
In cooperation with the RSOU, CDEU, CIU, and CMFC, the Balingoan police apprehended the three suspects responsible for the murder of Maria Reyna Medical Director Dr. Raul Winston Andutan on Thursday.
Acting Balingoan police chief Lt. Teddy Macarayo said that the suspects had been staying in the beach house for about three weeks until their arrest, Inquirer.net reported.
Macarayo identified the suspects as Jomar Pacilan Adlao, 30, from Maramag; Marjun Abayon Cabug, 39, form Don Carlos; and Joel Arcilla Nacua, 37, from Valencia City.
All three suspects claimed to meet the alleged leader of the hit, Rene Tortosa, an ex-army and who had eluded the arrest.
In a LIVE coverage of iFM Cagayan de Oro, Cabug said Tortosa approached him and offered a hit on someone for the price of P150,000. Cabug then recruited gunman Nacua, who he knew had experience firing guns.
Cabug, Nacua, and Tortosa carried out the plan on the day of the hit, while Adlao stayed behind in their hideout.
Cabug, along with Nacua and Adlao, said that it was their “first time to carry out a hit,” and were all working as farmers in their respective villages prior to Tortosa’s offer. So far, they received P3,500 out of the promised PHP 150k, Cabug added.
Authorities seized two calibers .45 pistols loaded with ammunition and a hand grenade at the suspect’s hideout. The apprehended suspects claim that all firearms, including the motorcycle, were owned by Tortosa. Although, it is still unclear whether the gun found is the same gun used for the crime.
The suspects’ arrest came 16 hours after the shooting of Dr. Andutan. The victim was on his way to work when attackers ambushed him at the corner of 12th and 29th Streets in Barangay Nazareth.
The motive of the murder is still subject to investigation.
As of the writing, the police are still in pursuit of Tortosa while the other suspects are already facing charges for their crimes.