PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan (PNA) – Police arrested a suspect in the murder of two Japanese nationals in Culion town, Palawan six months ago in Tarlac.
Palawan Provincial Legal Officer, lawyer Teodoro Jose Matta, confirmed Saturday afternoon the arrest of Sonny Anicete, alias “Tatan,” in Barangay Poblacion 1, Pura town, Tarlac by police personnel from the PRO 3 Regional Public Safety Battalion (RPSB) last December 30.
Matta said the manhunt for Anicete was supported by Palawan provincial government under its peace and order initiative.
Reported to be the founder of the Palawan-based “Commando” group, Anicete is now detained in a jail facility in Tarlac l. His arrest warrant was issued by Judge Arnel Cesar of Branch 49, Regional Trial Court (RTC).
Anicete, who has been on the run since June this year, was reported to be the recruiter of the suspected killers of Japanese nationals Itani Masaru, 59, and Arai Yoshihiru, 24.
The victims were shot and their bodies dismembered before being dumped into the water in a remote island located west of Galoc Island in Culion town, Palawan.