Suspect in coed killing arrested

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Thursday, January 9, 2014


ANGELES CITY --- The city police recently arrested one of the three suspects in the killing of a nursing student in Barangay Salapungan here on September 3, 2009.

Senior Superintendent Eden Ugale, city police director, said the Investigation and Detection Unit arrested Eduard Macatangay, 28, by virtue of an arrest warrant issued by Judge Irene Zenaida Buan of the Regional Trial Court branch 56 on January 8, 2013.

Macatangay, one of the principal suspects in the killing of Keith Ballesteros, 16, a freshman nursing student of Angeles University Foundation, is the number one most wanted person of Angeles City, Ugale said.

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Ballesteros, a resident of 64 San Jose, Mesulo, Arayat, town, was found dead at No. 590 Apt. B, Diego Silang Street in said village.

"Consistent and diligent pursuit operations by SITG 'Keith' were conducted for the possible apprehension of the suspects at their known and given addresses," said Ugale.

An informant then relayed to the city police that Eduard Macatangay, who also uses the name Gilbert Alvaran, was spotted in Barangay Amihan, Project 3, Quezon City.

On November 6, 2013, Angeles City policemen, in coordination with the Station 9 QCPD, launched a manhunt operation against Macatangay.

The cops, however, failed to arrest Macatangay.

“Macatangay was so elusive and he doesn’t stay long in one place. He always transfers from one residence to another,” Ugale said.

The Angeles City police provided the QCPD a copy of the case folder with documents and description of Macatangay.

Last December 29, 2013, Station 8, QCPD personnel chanced and arrested one Gilbert Flores Marilao, 30, married, construction worker, for violation of City Ordinance (alarm nuisance and drinking liquor along the sidewalks).

It turned out that Marilao and Macatangay is one and the same person, Ugale said.

Ugale said the suspect is now detained at the Angeles City District Jail.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on January 10, 2014.

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