CABANATUAN CITY, Nueva Ecija — The alleged gunman in the killing of Fr. Richmond Nilo was arrested Thursday evening, police said several minutes after the Catholic priest was laid to rest on Friday.
Corpus said Milan was identified from the rogues’ gallery of the provincial police’s intelligence branch by a companion of Fr. Nilo during the attack.
“Milan, it turned out was a drug surrenderer involved in a gun for hire activities in the Nueva Ecija,” Corpus said.
He said the suspect was arrested at about 6:30 p.m. Thursday by operatives of the provincial police office under the supervision of Senior Supt. Eliseo Tanding, provincial police director, in Barangay Malapit, San Isidro.
Tanding said Milan has yet to speak anything about the killing.
“Panay basic information tungkol sa kanyang sarili ang sinasagot niya (Only the basic information regarding him was being answered),” Tanding said of the suspect, who was placed under inquest proceeding on Friday.
Corpus said it was Milan seen as back rider in the closed circuit television cameras (CCTV) footage near the chapel of Nuestra Señora de la Nieve before and after the killing.
Meanwhile, the sedan car that was used by the other suspects was traced to be originally registered to a foreigner but has been subjected of a deed of sale for at least twice, police said.
“With the evidence gathered, it can be deduced that this case started to uncover the real motive and rest assured that the PNP (Philippine National Police) continuously exert effort to arrest the other suspects,” Corpus said.
Meanwhile, some 15,000 people in black shirts and armbands attended the interment of Nilo after a concelebrated Mass led by Bishop Sofronio Bancud of the Diocese of Cabanatuan at the Crypta here.
Fr. Antonio Mangahas of Gen. Tinio, Nueva Ecija, noted that while everyone was speaking of grief and calling for justice, “no one talked about vengeance.”