Informer who helped nab murder suspect gets reward

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Saturday, December 7, 2013

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan -- A man received the P500,000 bounty after he provided information to the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) that led to the arrest in General Santos City of the suspected killer of couple Ramon and Sorahayda Arcinue sometime in March this year.

The informer, whose face was covered and was accompanied by two agents of the NBI from the National Capital Region, received a pay to cash check from Vice Governor Jose Ferdinand Calimlim and Provincial Treasurer Malou Utanes at the Office of Governor Amado Espino Jr. Friday morning.

For security reason, only a few officials were allowed to witness the turnover of the check to the informer per request of the NBI.

These included Provincial Information Butch Velasco, Provincial Administrative Officer Mina Francisco, a videographer and a cameraman from the Provincial Government.

Velasco, who earlier called mediamen to cover the turnover of the check, apologized and said they had to give way to the request of the NBI as the life of the informer is in great danger.

The P500,000 reward to be given to persons who can furnish valuable information that could lead to the arrest of Otto Guialaludin, alias "Boy Muslim", was promised by Governor Espino and members of the Provincial Board.

Another P200,000 was promised by the Municipal Government of Lingayen where Ramon Arcinue was once a vice mayor and Sorahayda a village chief; and another P300,000 from the Arcinue family led by Mayor Roberto Arcinue of Sual town.

The Arcinues were brutally killed in front of their rented apartment in Sampaloc, Manila.

Meanwhile, suspect Guialaludin, who once served as bodyguard of Urbiztondo Mayor Ernesto Balolong Jr. remains under the custody of NBI at NCR.

Balolong was himself arrested by the NBI in a bid to collect the 21 licensed firearms in his possession for the purpose of subjecting them to forensic and ballistic examinations to find out if these will cross- match with the slugs and empty shells found in some crimes, including that of the killing of the Arcinues.

Balolong was released after a week of being under the custody of the NBI as the case of illegal possession of firearms filed against him was dismissed by the Department of Justice.

However, a separate case for possession of four licensed high-powered firearms with defaced serial number, considered as a lighter offense, was ordered by DOJ to be filed with the Municipal Trial Court of Urbiztondo. (PNA)

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