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Bicol town vice mayor arrested for murder of predecessor

Jairo Bolledo
Bicol town vice mayor arrested for murder of predecessor

ARRESTED. Batuan Vice Mayor Nelson Cambaya was arrested for the murder of his predecessor, Charlie Yuson III

PNP Bicol

Batuan Vice Mayor Nelson Cambaya, Sandra Cam, and five others are suspects in the death of former Batuan Vice Mayor Charlie Yuson III

The vice mayor of Batuan town in Masbate was arrested by the Philippine National Police (PNP) Bicol in Camarines Norte on Thursday, June 10, for the murder of his predecessor.

Nelson Cambaya, 58, was nabbed through a warrant of arrest issued by the Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 42 on April 26.

Cambaya, Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) board member Sandra Cam, and five others were charged with murder by the Department of Justice for the death of former Batuan vice mayor Charlie Yuson III in 2019.

According to the official police report, Cambaya was arrested around 5 pm on Thursday in Barangay Quinapagian, Mercedes, Camarines Norte, after police received information about his whereabouts.

Cambaya and his companions are also facing frustrated murder charges in relation to Yuson’s companion, Alberto Alforte IV, who survived the attack.

On October 9, 2019, Yuson and his group were having breakfast in front of a house along VG Cruz Street in Sampaloc, Manila, when unidentified assailants alighted from a van and rained gunshots on them. Yuson was brought to the hospital but eventually died while being treated. 

Yuson’s family claimed that the Cams had connection with his death after Yuson’s son defeated Sandra Cam’s son in the Batuan mayoralty race in 2019. 

Cambaya is the second suspect of the Yuson murder case to be arrested by the police. On April 28, Sandra Cam surrendered to the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) Cavite after being admitted in a hospital for spine illness. – with reports from Lian Buan and Jodesz Gavilan/

Jairo Bolledo

Jairo Bolledo is a multimedia reporter at Rappler covering the police, crime, military, and security.