CAMARINES SUR — Police arrested yesterday two suspects in the July 3 murder of mayor Ferdinand Bote of General Tinio, Nueva Ecija.
Chief Supt. Arnel Escobal, Bicol police director, identified the suspects as Florencio Suarez, 48, and Robert Gumacay, 35.
Escobal said the suspects were stopped at a checkpoint around 9:30 a.m. along the Andaya National Highway in Barangay Cabasag in Del Gallego, Camarines Sur. The two were in a beige Toyota Avanza with license plate PGQ 134.
A team led by Senior Police Officer 4 Agusto Adulta manned the checkpoint.
Escobal said Suarez, driver of the Avanza, is one of the prime suspects in the killing of Bote.
Bote was shot by one of three suspects while the mayor was in a Toyota Fortuner that had just come out of the gate of the National Irrigation Administration office in Cabanatuan City.
Bote had a quarry business in Nueva Ecija, which investigators are eyeing as among three possible motives for the killing of the mayor, said Central Luzon police director Chief Supt. Amador Corpus.
The other two angles are business rivalry over government projects and local politics.
Escobal said a .45 caliber pistol was recovered from Suarez. The two suspects were brought to the Del Gallego police station.