THE INACTIVE ARMY reservist who is accused of killing a cyclist in a road altercation on July 25 in Quiapo, Manila was nabbed shortly before noon on Friday in Masbate province (south of Manila).
Vhon Tanto was arrested at 11:40 a.m. at Barangay Bangat in Milagros town, and frisked by elements of the Philippine Army’s 9th Infantry Battalion after informants identified him, Manila Police District (MPD) Director Sr. Supt. Joel Napoleon Coronel said.
Tanto was brought to the police regional office at Camp Simeon Ola in Legazpi City Albay, and was to be transported to Manila by plane or land.
“By 9 or 10 a.m. tomorrow (Saturday), he will be here at the district office,” Coronel told reporters.
Upon arrival in Manila, he will be subjected to inquest. Tanto is facing murder, a non-bailable case, and frustrated murder.
Coronel said MPD police officers had been trailing Tanto on his way to the southern part of Luzon.
Coronel vowed to keep Tanto alive and make him pay for what he did.
Tanto did not resist arrest. He was not carrying a gun although reports said he had three licensed firearms, including the .45 caliber pistol allegedly used in the murder.
At the MPD, crime scene agents took fingerprints from the red Hyundai Eon (with conduction number MO-3745) owned by Tanto, and the bicycle of victim Mark Vincent Garalde.
Garalde died of five gunshot wounds, including the fatal head shot, during the road rage incident on P. Casal Street Monday night.
Rossel Bondoc, 18, victim of a stray bullet, is still confined at Mary Chiles Hospital in Manila and is recovering.