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Another suspect in Batocabe slay surrenders to police

Rambo Talabong
Another suspect in Batocabe slay surrenders to police
(UPDATED) He is identified as one of the drivers of the getaway motorcycles in the killing of congressman Rodel Batocabe

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Another suspect in the killing of AKO Bicol Representative Rodel Batocabe surrendered to authorities on Friday, January 4.

In a press conference, Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Oscar Albayalde said Jaywin Babor, identified as one of the drivers of a motorcycle used by gunmen in Batocabe’s slay, surrendered on Friday morning.

According to Albayalde, Babor hid in Metro Manila after his alleged involvement in the killing of Batocabe. (IN PHOTOS: Batocabe murder crime scene)

He surrendered in Taguig to the police and is already in the custody of the PNP Intelligence Group.

This means that only 2 out of the 6 alleged Batocabe assassination team remain at large: second alleged gunman Rolando Arimado, and gun purchaser Danilo Muella.

The suspected boss of the squad is Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo, who was accused by suspects-turned-witnesses of offering them P5 million for Batocabe’s life.

Baldo asserted his innocence in a press conference on Thursday, crying that he was only used as a “scapegoat” for the crime. – Rapppler.com

Rambo Talabong

Rambo Talabong covers the House of Representatives and local governments for Rappler. Prior to this, he covered security and crime. He was named Jaime V. Ongpin Fellow in 2019 for his reporting on President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. In 2021, he was selected as a journalism fellow by the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics.