Police operatives in Gingoog City, through a warrant of arrest, apprehended the prime suspect in the 2007 highway robbery that victimized foreign nationals along the highway in a remote barangay in Sierra Bollunes town.
The suspect was identified as certain Matias Bactasa Jr., 22 years old and a resident of barangay Aurora, Pilar town.
It may be recalled that a group of teachers and students were then having their educational tour in the province on that year, and upon reaching Brgy Nan-od of the said town, their coaster was stopped by robbery group and who then declared a hold-up.
Bactasa, upon learning that a pending arrest warrant was to be issued against him, migrated to Mindanao.
According to the primary investigation of the Intelligence Section based in Camp Dagohoy, Bactasa was temporarily residing in barangay Talisay, Gingoog City where he was arrested. He unwittingly gave himself away.
PO2 Max Macua of Intel Section revealed to the Chronicle that Bactasa reportedly narrated to some residents in the barangay that he killed a police officer in Bohol. The bystanders reported it to the Gingoog police and the operatives verified Bactasa's status in Bohol in coordination with the Intelligence and Investigation section at Camp Dagohoy.
PO2 Macua further revealed that Bactasa has already been in the watch list some three years ago.
Bactasa was positively identified by SPO2 Jorgie Sarabosing, the police
escort of the Japanese nationals. According to SPO2 Sarabosing, it was only Bactasa, among the suspects who was not wearing a bonnet
The suspect is now detained at the Sierra Bullones locked up jail. Bailbond is placed at P100,000.
Meanwhile, cases on carnapping, robbery, illegal possession of fire arms and illegal use of drugs were filed by the police against the five suspects who were captured by SWAT operatives in barangay Catagbacan, Loon town last week.
The accused are Ryme Eyo, Tiboy Montesino, Ruben Lange, Carlito Agot Jr, Victoriano Castrojo.
Torregosa and Nuez were included in the charge sheet.
The five are detained at the Camp Dagohoy stockade. (Anthony Aniscal) Linkback: https://tubagbohol.mikeligalig.com/index.php?topic=31865.0