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NBI arrests suspect in judge’s killing

THE National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on Wednesday announced the arrest of a suspect in the May 9 murder of a judge in Liloy town, Zamboanga del Norte.

The suspect was identified as Juliver Cabating, a former job order worker at the sala of Oscar Tomarong, a former judge of Regional Trial Court Branch 28. He was a former errand boy and driver of Tomarong.

Tomarong is the “person of interest” in the murder of RTC Branch 28 Judge Reymar Lacaya, according to Ferdinand Lavin, NBI deputy director for Forensic Investigation Services.


“It’s a very tough decision for the NBI, but we have to do this,” Lavin told a press conference held at NBI’s headquarters in Manila on Wednesday.

Cabating was arrested last Monday in Mati town, Davao Oriental through the joint efforts of the elements of the Naval Intelligence Service Group Eastern Mindanao and NBI Tagum District Office.

Reports said Cabating aided the gunmen who shot and killed Lacaya who succumbed to two gunshot wounds in the right side of his face.

Aside from Cabating, Deputy Director for Regional Operations Service Antonio Pagatpat said the NBI-Dipolog District Office filed murder charges against two persons with aliases “Jerry” and “Ramil.”

A closed-circuit television footage showed the two having lunch in a restaurant near before the shooting incident. Cabating immediately left the place and hid somewhere fearing for his life.

“Kahit magtago ka man, (Even if you hide) the long arm of the law will eventually catch you,” said Eric Distor, NBI assistant director for Intelligence Service.

Meanwhile, Lavin assured Cabating that he is safe in the custody of the NBI.

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