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Assassins of Lakas-Kampi-CMD local leader arrested

Surigao solons commend PRO 13 for quick arrest

Surigao City (February 2) -- The Lakas-Kampi-CMD leaders on Tuesday commended the leadership of the Police Regional Office 13 (PRO 13) for the quick arrest of suspects on the slaying of their local leader in Taganaan town, Surigao del Norte province Monday morning.

Pursuing police force arrested the two suspects after less than eight hours of extensive manhunt.

Rep. Fracisco "Lalu" T. Matugas (1st district, Surigao del Norte), vice-president of Lakas-Kampi-CMD for Mindanao and Rep. Guillermo "Jun" Romarate Jr., party's provincial chairman of Surigao del Norte (2nd district), both extended their separate congratulatory message to PRO 13 under the leadership of Chief Supt. Lino D. Calingasan.

The two solons however requested the PRO 13 to fast-track the investigation for the immediate filing of murder charges against the suspects.

The victim Oscar Cayumo Anino, 55, a former Army soldier, was a local leader of Rep. Romarate under the ruling party and an employee of Taganaan town, said Rep. Matugas.

Anino was shot at close range while riding on a single motorcycle on way to Taganaan town proper by suspects in Sitio Binggale of Barangay Banban of that same town Monday morning.

Initial report reaching the police regional command and tactical operation center at Camp Rafael C. Rodriguez in Butuan City stated that the victim was a miner in Taganaan town.

After learning of the incident, Chief Supt. Calingasan immediately mobilized pursuing police force to arrest the perpetrators. The order was "a region-wide manhunt" against the suspects.

In less than eight hours, pursuing police force arrested the two suspects where the.45 caliber pistol and 357 revolver were also recaptured from the suspects.

Identities of the suspects were temporarily withheld pending interrogation to determine the motive and possible identity of the mastermind of the killing.

"Both (suspects) were positively identified by the victim's son," said Chief Supt. Calingasan, based on the initial investigation.

Murder charges will be filed against the suspects, added the region's police chief. (muc/PIA-Caraga) [top]

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