Groom arrested during wedding pictorial

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Sunday, May 11, 2014


THERE will be no honeymoon for Angelo Tanaid who got married yesterday morning.
Angelo, one of the most wanted persons in Argao, Cebu, was arrested inside the church right after his wedding in Poblacion, Ronda, Cebu.

His bride Myrna tearfully begged police to put off his arrest until after the reception, but Argao Police Chief Insp. Alejandro Batobalonos told her they had to serve the warrant and bring Angelo to the Argao Police Station.

Batobalonos said they’ve been trying to catch Angelo in his house in Barangay Anahaw in Argao, but the latter would always get away.

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Somehow, he would know of their presence and would slip out from the back of his house, he said.

Early this week, Batobalonos found out that Angelo was getting married to Myra in Ronda, her hometown.

Ronda abuts Argao on the southwestern coast of the province. Batobalonos and his men went to the town yesterday, armed with an arrest warrant issued by Regional Trial Court Branch 26 Judge Maximo Perez.

He said the mass had already started when they arrived at the church around 6 a.m.

Relatives of the bride and groom asked him to arrest Angelo after the mass.

Throughout the ceremony, Angelo had no idea policemen had been deployed around the church to prevent his escape.

‘Gun-for-hire’

During the pictorial, Batobalonos approached him and presented him with the warrant.

Angelo did not resist arrest. He is now detained in the Argao Police Station stockade.

Although he’s not in the province’s top 10 wanted list, Angelo is wanted for four counts of attempted murder. Bail is set at P120,000 for each case.

Angelo is reportedly responsible for shooting four persons in Argao in 2009. Two of the victims, brothers Edgar and Ising Recali, are reportedly the complainants.

Batobalonos failed to get the names of the two others, both of whom are reportedly detained in the Cebu City Jail.

Batobalonos said Angelo is a gun-for-hire. (JTR)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on May 11, 2014.

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