The National Bureau of Investigation has filed murder and robbery charges against six persons believed to be behind the killing of an employee of the bureau who went missing on June 24 this year.
Special Investigator Anna Lira Labao of the Office of the Deputy Director for Investigation Services told The Manila Times that the body of Arnel Cariaga, 49, an NBI employee assigned at the clearance section, was found in Bacoor City, Cavite on June 27. Cariaga was cremated on Wednesday.
An autopsy showed that the victim died of a traumatic head injury.
Although the case was filed before the Prosecutor’s Office of the Department of Justice, a criminal complaint will be filed before a court in Bacoor City.
Labao said one suspect, a male, was arrested. He is now under the bureau’s custody.
She requested The Times not to identify the suspect so as not to disrupt the ongoing investigation.
The victim stayed home on June 24 because it was a holiday in Manila. At about 6 p.m., he left the house to buy something.
Cariaga, single, left on board his gold Isuzu Hilander with plate number URL-546. He had with him his ATM, credit cards and P20,000 cash.
Witnesses said the victim went to Starmall in Alabang.
When found at a grassy lot in Bacoor, the victim’s hands and feet were tied.
On July 5, reports reached the NBI that the car of the victim was spotted in Barangay Bulihan, Nasugbu, Batangas. It was brought to the NBI headquarters in Manila.
Labao said NBI agents are tracking the other suspects.