The police have arrested four suspects in connection with the killing of a congressional candidate in Quezon City, just days after the city council approved the grant of a P5-million reward.
The Quezon City Police District identified the arrested suspects in the killing of Barangay Bagong Silangan chairperson Crisell Beltran as Teofilo Formanes, Ruel Juab, Orlando Juab and Joppy Juab.
Two other suspects, Warren Juab and Dutchboy Bello, are now the subjects of a police manhunt because they are still at large.
QCPD director Chief Supt. Joselito Esquivel Jr. said the four suspects were arrested in Barangay Commonwealth on February 1.
Recovered in the suspects’ possession were various firearms, a hand grenade, cellphones and handheld radios.
Beltran, who is running for congresswoman in Quezon City’s second district, was gunned down inside her vehicle by assassins on motorcycles after leaving the barangay hall on January 30. Her driver was also killed in the incident.
On January 31, Quezon City’s Sangguniang Panlungsod approved an ordinance for the grant of a P5-million reward for information that will lead to the arrest of Beltran’s killers and the mastermind.
National Capital Region Police Office chief Director Guillermo Eleazar acknowledged that the reward helped speed up the resolution of Beltran’s killing.
“The P5-million reward definitely has to do something rin,” he said at a press conference Sunday. “We have unearthed, we have now the suspects in the killing. But we haven’t seen the bigger picture of it, which is ‘yung mastermind.”
Eleazar said the police’s investigation is still ongoing as to who wanted Beltran dead and the motive behind her killing.