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Female suspect in Valenzuela robbery-killing arrested but 3 are still at large

By: - Reporter / @dexcabalzaINQ
/ 06:25 PM December 03, 2020

Law enforcers are still hunting for Rico Reyes, Narciso Santiago and dismissed police officer Anthony Cubos, all suspects in the robbery-killing of messenger Nino Luegi Hernando in Valenzuela City. A reward of P300,000 awaits anyone who could lead police to where the three suspects are. PHOTO FROM VALENZUELA CITY LGU

MANILA, Philippines—Police arrested a third suspect in the robbery-killing of a company messenger carrying nearly half-a-million pesos in payroll last October in Valenzuela City.

According to a report by the Philippine National Police (PNP) National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) on Thursday (Dec. 3), the Valenzuela City police tracked down Jo-Ann Cabatuan, 31, at the village of Lourdes, Minalin town, Pampanga province around 5 p.m. on Tuesday (Dec. 2).

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Police served the warrant of arrest on Cabatuan for a case of robbery with homicide issued by Judge Snooky Maria Ana Bareno-Sagayo, of the Valenzuela Regional Trial Court last Nov. 19.

A separate case of car theft is awaiting the suspects.

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No bail was recommended for Cabatuan’s temporary release.

She was the third of six suspects in the killing last Oct. 9 of Nino Luegi Hernando, 39, after he was robbed coming out of a bank on Maysan Road in Valenzuela. Hernando was shot and killed by motorcycle-riding men.

A total of P442,714 in cash, which was for payroll, was taken from Hernando. His motorcycle, a Yamaha Nmax, was also stolen by the suspects.

Two of Cabatuan’s other accomplices—Edgar Batchar and Michael Castro—were arrested last month. Castro is a police officer with corporal rank at the Northern Police District drug enforcement unit who is on Awol or absent without leave.

Cabatuan had initially been listed as a witness but was eventually considered a suspect after investigators learned she had provided information on Hernando’s whereabouts, including his routine of withdrawing P2 million every week at a Valenzuela bank.

She was also identified as the live-in partner of a certain Henry Rubio, who was jailed for rape after Hernando testified against him.

Rubio was a friend of dismissed PO1 Anthony Cubos, who was identified as the mastermind of a Bulacan-based robbery and gun-for-hire group believed to be behind the mission to rob Hernando.

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Brig. Gen. Vicente Danao Jr., NCRPO chief, urged the public to report to authorities any information of the other suspects, who are still at large—Cubos; Rico Reyes, alias “Moja,” 21; and Narciso Santiago, alias “Tukmol,” 37.

The Valenzuela City government is offering a cash reward of P300,000 to anyone who could provide information on the whereabouts of the three suspects who are still on the loose.

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