NBI ordered to hunt down killer of ex-vice mayor, wife


Justice Secretary Leila De Lima. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Justice Secretary Leila de Lima has ordered the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to launch a manhunt for the alleged killer of a former Pangasinan vice mayor and his wife in March last year.

In a memorandum to NBI Director Nonnatus Caesar Rojas, De Lima directed the agency “to immediately conduct manhunt operations and effect the warrant of arrest” against suspect Guialaludin Otto, alias “Boy Muslim,” tagged as the principal suspect in the slaying of former Lingayen Vice Mayor Ramon Arcinue and his wife Zorahayda, a barangay chair.

Police assistance

De Lima also wrote Philippine National Police, Director General Alan Purisima, for assistance in the hunt.

The couple were shot dead on March 7 last year by a lone gunman in front of their rented apartment in Sampaloc, Manila. The identity of the gunman, who walked toward España Boulevard and boarded a bus, was eventually established through the accounts of three witnesses.

Otto remains at large and is believed to be hiding in Mindanao, according to De Lima.

The suspect, said to be from Cotabato City, was described as being in his late 20s, about 5’5”, slim built, brown complexioned, oval-faced with straight hair and slit-eyed. He was also said to be a close-in bodyguard of an incumbent mayor in Pangasinan.

Otto was charged with two counts of murder and a warrant was issued for his arrest on Aug. 12, 2012, by Manila Regional Trial Court Judge Marcelino Sayo Jr.

First anniversary

De Lima also called on the public to report to authorities any information they may have on the whereabouts of the suspect.

“It is our fervent hope that, before the first anniversary of the death of Mr. and Mrs. Arcinue, we could finally locate, arrest and bring the suspect to trial,” De Lima said in a statement.

“That is, of course, a goal in itself, but his apprehension will hopefully be another step toward uncovering the motivation behind the killings and, if indeed he was merely a gun-for-hire, we intend to follow the trail of evidence wherever it may lead and bring anyone else involved to justice,” she said.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4R3GZTGML26TV2VGS6RVHP2THM Fred

    Put a price in the head of the killer.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/UYY72YDY5NYFB6QMLUJQZYWDDU john anthony

       theres a 1M price on the gumans head

  • Rovingmoron

    That’s the problem cause people who saw the incident didn’t seem to care. They could have ganged up on him as he walked to ride a bus so that he could have been arrested at once.

    • Loggnat

       Gang up on a killer who you know is in possession of a firearm and is willing and able to use it? Would you do it if you were there? If your answer is ‘Yes’, You’re a braver man than I am or most of us. Good for you and more power to you.

      • Komen To

        That’s why he’s a moron

      • ed_nique

        yeah right! gang up on someone who just two people … how many more would have also been shot before this person would be subdued?

  • WAJ

    Jueteng conspiracy?

  • catalansbarce

    Cold bloodied killing…… most probably dahil sa pulitika.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/UYY72YDY5NYFB6QMLUJQZYWDDU john anthony


  • lumpiangshanghai

    Would our Honorable watch dog of the court be interested in solving also an UNA member, a  councilman’s assasination in  San Pablo City?

  • iping2sison

    At last the DOJ has taken action for the arrest of the suspected gunman. I hope justice will served soon for the death of the Arcinue couple and the mastermind is unmasked and charged. Politics in Pangasinan became dirty with the entry of ex-military men.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/PU75ZXM6V6MHSJVFIH4VOLXTYU jasson

      so muxh for this ex-military

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=830863235 Lj Ramos

       talaga, naging magulo ang pangasinan at maraming namamatay na walang dahilan. huwag kang humarang at ikaw ay matutulog ng mahimbing :(

  • buttones

    Why does the NBI have to wait for an order to hunt down killers? Is this not their job, is this not an automatic thing to do without waiting for orders from the SJ? Is the NBI not aware hunting down killers is part of their mandate and area of responsibility that surely does not need an ‘order’ from anybody–? If this ‘order’ was/is never issued the NBI would not move on the case? Is this how it works?
    It appears we have the lead in South East Asia on homicide rates per 100,000 , and the lead in gun related homicide as well, these are appalling records- ..

  • tarikan

     He (Otto) was also said to be a close-in bodyguard of an incumbent mayor in Pangasinan. So, no charges to the mayor? Motive, my dear secretary, is the common denominator of murder. Ano ba motive ni Otto kundi napag-utusan laang? 

  • disqusted0fu

    There are always news about Sec. De Lima ordering this and that but I have rarely heard news about the results on those orders.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/PU75ZXM6V6MHSJVFIH4VOLXTYU jasson

      purely investigations

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=830863235 Lj Ramos

      i hope they will be able to trace the root of this senseless murder of the former vice mayor ramon arcinue and barrio captain zor ramos arcinue.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/SPDAZIXLRDOGCON42ETFG4AG3A TonTon

    dapat din imbestigahan ang Mayor na pinasisilbihan ng suspect. naku, sana malallim pa ang imbestigasyon…

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/UYY72YDY5NYFB6QMLUJQZYWDDU john anthony

    i hope that Otto will be captured before the death anniversary. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PU75ZXM6V6MHSJVFIH4VOLXTYU jasson

    this is the most tragic thing that one could ever experience. a son who saw eveything. i hope i’ll have the chance to kill this person

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