SIX prime suspects and a key witness in the celebrated Batocabe-Diaz double murder case are now in police custody after two more suspects yielded to authorities overnight.
PNP Chief, Director General Oscar D Albayalde, announced this latest development upon receipt of reports of the surrender of Rolando Arimado alias RR in Masbate at 7 am on Saturday; and Danilo Muella alias Manoy Dan in Bicol at past midnight Saturday.
According to Albayalde, Arimado was shuttled to Bicol mainland this morning after his surrender in Masbate island. He was taken to custody under heavy guard by operatives of Albay and Masbate Police Provincial Office after negotiations thru his wife and son.
“This latest development is expected to complete the puzzle in uncovering the truth behind this double murder and multiple frustrated murder case.” The Chief PNP said.
Arimado, a rebel-returnee was tagged as a look-out and back-up gunman in the assassination of Ako Bicol Partylist Representative Rodel Batocabe and his security escort, SPO2 Orlando Diaz in Barangay Burgos, Daraga, Albay on December 22, 2018.
Muella, another trusted security aide of Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo surrendered to the Regional Intelligence Office 5 at 1 am Saturday. He was identified as the suspect who purchased two cal.45 pistols used in the murder.
Aside from Arimado and Muella, four other prime suspects are now in police custody, they are, Christopher Naval alias Tuping, Emmanuel Rosellio alias Boboy, Henry Yuzon alias Romel, and Jaywin Babor alias Gie.
A key witness, Emanuel Bonita Judavar, has provided investigators with relevant information regarding the case from planning to execution stages.
Albayalde noted that only one among the seven indicted suspects is yet to surrender, Mayor Carlwyn Baldo, tagged as the mastermind who allegedly contracted the services of the gunmen in September 2018 to assassinate Batocabe.
Source: PNP PIO