By Dexter A. See
LA TRINIDAD, Benguet—An alleged member of a gun for hire group was arrested by Abra police teams in Abra while an arms cache was seized at the residence of another syndicate member in Kalinga during separate operations Monday.
Senior Supt. Virgilio Laya, Abra Provincial Director, identified the suspect as Arnold Bajo, 25, of Sitio Pao, Bangued, Abra, who allegedly killed Felix Taberara Quilay, 29, driver of BAUER Foundation of the Philippines, and a resident of Creek Site, Parañaque City.
Chief Insp. Arvin Fabro, Bangued police chief, said Bajo shot Quilay inside a green ISUZU Tractor Low-bed Trailer.
“The victim was immediately rushed to the Seares Hospital by the responding personnel of Bangued municipal police station for treatment but he was pronounced dead on arrival by the attending physician,” Fabro said.
Two helpers of the victim who witnessed the incident said they saw the suspect, who was with another companion fleeing toward Bangued town proper on board a blue motorcycle and later were identified through mug shots in the police rogue gallery.
The incident report said Bajo had a caliber .45 pistol SN 976443 with seven bullets at the time of his arrest. A companion, Orly Balderama Molina, 25, of Sitio Pao, Bangued, yielded a 9mm pistol SN 1864693 with two magazines and 22 bullets.
On record, Bajo is linked to the death of Soni Tejero, an employee of the Abra Electric Cooperative (ABRECO,) who was shot in front of his house in Barangay Poblacion Tayum, Abra last April.
He is also tagged in the killing of a fellow syndicate member early this year.