Top suspect in killing of Abra teacher surrenders
The punong barangay of Dumagas in Boliney, Abra, who is the last suspect being hunted down in the September 2022 killing of a teacher, has surrendered to authorities on March 20.
Suspect Mike Armando Wilson, 46, is said to be the mastermind in the killing of high school teacher Rudy Sayen, 38, who was shot while onboard a motorcycle on her way to school in Bangued on Sept. 28, 2022.
The suspect has a standing warrant of arrest issued on Nov. 17, 2022 by Regional Trial Court Branch 2 Judge Corpus Bonnit Alzate for murder with no bail recommended.
Wilson, who has a P200,000 bounty on his head for his arrest, is now held at the Abra Provincial Jail.
The victim, a transgender female known as Estee, was gunned down while on her way to Suyo National High School.
With the help of CCTV surveillance camera and witnesses, the police immediately tracked down suspect Sonny Boy Gandeza Tullas, the driver of the gunman, in Patucannay, Tayum, Abra on the same date.
By 5 p.m. of Sept. 28, personnel of the Sallapadan Municipal Police Station spotted and flagged down a motorcycle that fits the description of the motorcycle used by the suspects at the checkpoint. The police then identified suspect Abelardo Talape, the middleman, and arrested him.
On Sept. 29, through the intercession of Punong Barangay Ilarde Jacquias of Cabaroan, Tayum suspect and lookout Aldrin Alagao surrendered at Bangued MPS. At 5 p.m. the same day, the police arrested gunman Romel Paa in Cabaroan.
The suspects, who admitted they were given P100,000 for the crime, are from Tayum.
The Abra Police Provincial Office earlier said based on the testimonies of the arrested suspects, a land dispute on small mining claims and personal grudge are the primary motives of the killing.
Wilson is reportedly the husband of the cousin of Sayen. – Ofelia C. Empian