CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY: Local police on Saturday nabbed an alleged rebel returnee who was reported to be once a “Sparrow” assassin in the killing of a village councilor here in 2021.
Village Councilor Roland Sherwin “Tawee” Uy, 45, of Carmen, Cagayan de Oro City, was gunned down together with his caretaker Samuel Pabalan, 73, in a quarry-rich village of Pagatpat, this city, on Nov. 21, 2021. The killing of lawmaker son shocked city residents as election nears.
The son of then Congressman, now Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Rolando “Klarex’ Uy, the Uy family and friends from the local business community then raised a P 12 million bounty for the arrest of the culprits.
Armed with a warrant of arrest, operatives from the Cagayan de Oro City Police Office (COCPO) collared Edgardo O. Gaabucayan, 59, in his residence in Purok-6, Cabasagan, Lala, Lanao Del Norte Saturday.
COCPO police said that the suspect did not resist arrest.
Police investigators said that prior to his surrender, Gaabucayan, was an alleged member of the dreaded “Sparrow Unit,” an assassin of the outlawed New People’s Army (NPA), operating in Zamboanga Del Norte.
In a talked with the Mindanao Daily News (MDN), Maj. Ivan Viñas , the COCPO Police spokesperson, said that the motive in the killing of lawmaker son was reportedly “personal grudge.”
He said that the police has already charged Gaabucayan with a double murder charges In the local court here.
Gaabucayan is scheduled for commitment with the Lumbia City Rehabilitation Center here on Monday.