Police nab 1 of two suspects in UPLB student’s rape-slay
MANILA, Philippines—Police have arrested on Thursday a suspect to the recent murder case of a college student in Laguna.
Laguna provincial police director Senior Superintendent Gilbert Cruz said they have taken under custody one Percival de Guzman alias “Totoy”, a 38-year-old tricycle driver from Barangay Batong Malake in Los Baños.
Cruz said that De Guzman was the driver of the tricycle used in abducting victim Given Grace Cebanico, a third year Computer Science student from the University of the Philippines Los Baños, while walking home after a group meeting on Monday.
He said that she may have been forced into the tricycle while walking on Diamond Street in Umali Subdivision, a residential area located near the UPLB campus.
Cebanico was staying at the 5th of September Mansion, a dormitory on Diamond Street.
Still at large and being hunted down by the police was the other suspect, Lester Ivan Lopez Rivera, a bank security guard from Bay, Laguna.
A P25,000 reward is being offered by the Laguna police for information that may lead to Rivera’s arrest, Cruz said.
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