Fugitive ex-cop arrested in Thailand after 10 years

OVER a decade after the crime, a fugitive former police officer wanted on kidnapping and homicide charges has been arrested in Thailand for his part in the 2005 killing of a Chinese engineer in Quezon City.

Alexander Pangilinan, a former policeman assigned in Quezon City, was turned over to Philippine National Police chief Ronald Dela Rosa by the Royal Thai Police after his arrest in Koh Samui, Suratthan, Thailand on October 13 for violation of Thai immigration laws.

Pangilinan, a cop formerly assigned at the Office of the Businessman's Concern (OBC) of the PNP-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG), had been wanted for kidnapping for ransom and homicide of Chinese engineer Michael Chua Chan in September 2005.

Chan was allegedly abducted by Pangilinan's group, Doce Pares Gang, in Barangay Milagrosa, Project 4, Quezon City, and was found dead in a ravine along Barangay Inarawan along Marcos Highway after two days.

Dela Rosa's visit to Thailand to attend the anniversary of the Royal Thai Police has resulted in the arrest of Pangilinan.

Pangilinan, who has been in Thailand since he eluded his arrest over 10 years ago, worked as a waiter in a restaurant and was later on promoted as manager.

He said the arrested suspect is already married to a Thai woman and is already fluent in speaking their language.

"N'ung nagbigay tayo ng Red Notice sa Interpol, 'yung Interpol naman nakipag-coordinate doon sa Royal Thai Police and finally nakuha siya while nandun tayo sa Bangkok. So binigay sa akin personally," he said.

Dela Rosa returned in the country on Saturday with Pangilinan.

The PNP chief said a tipster provided the information that led to Pangilinan's arrest.

Philippine authorities has earlier put up a P250,000 reward to catch Pangilinan. (Sunnex)
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