September 30, 2023

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – After hiding for more than four decades, a person who is wanted for murder was finally captured by policemen in Kalinga.
Capt. Marnie Abellanida, Police Regional Office Cordillera information officer, said Kalinga police arrested Jaime Tochok Bulatao, 77 years old, resident of Tabuk City, Kalinga, after hiding and evading the law for four and a half decades.
Abellanida said Bulatao was arrested by operatives of Tabuk City Police Station by virtue of warrants of arrest for multiple frustrated murder and murder issued by then Regional Trial Court Branch 25 Presiding Judge Marcelino Wacas.
Abellanida said the first case happened in 1976 where Bulatao was tagged in the killing of Alexander Alngag, then mayor of Tinglayan, Kalinga.
In 2008, Bulatao was again implicated in the foiled ambush of then Mayor Marcelo dela Cruz of Rizal, Kalinga.
Abellanida said there were several attempts in the past to arrest Bulatao but failed.
“Whenever our men got information that he was there and responded to information, he always evaded. But he is not always that lucky. It is time for him to face the charges,” Abellanida said.
He said the arrest was successfully carried out through the support of the community. – PNA