MPD on Quiapo road rage suspect: 'Dead or alive, we want him
The Manila Police District on Wednesday vowed to make use of its "full strength" in locating Army reservist Vhon Martin Tanto, the suspect within the killing of an cyclist in Manila on Monday night following an altercation. "The full strength from the Manila Police District may go following him," stated Sr. Supt. Joel Napoleon Coronel, MPD acting director. "Dead or alive, we'd like him." Police said Tanto, who had previously been given until five p.m. on Wednesday to surrender, owns 3 firearms and is particularly deemed "armed and unsafe."
The Philippine Army stated it will also do its be part of locating Tanto, who is assigned with the 1301st Community Defense Center, National Capital Regional Community Defense Group from the Army Reserve Command based in Caloocan City. "Rest assured that this Philippine Army will cooperate effortlessly investigating bodies with regards to the way it is," stated Army chief Lt. Gen. Eduardo Año. "Appropriate sanctions will be imposed because the Army will not tolerate this type of action."
An investigation by GMA News' Chino Gaston on "24 Oras" stated Tanto, 39, was positively recognized by witnesses through the images on his social media account. The report said the Hyundai Eon seen around the CCTV footage on the incident was traced to Tanto by way of its conduction sticker. The footage, which has turn out to be viral on social media, showed Tanto shooting victim Mark Vincent Garalde at point blank following they engaged in a fistfight along P. Casal Street in Quiapo around 9:30 p.m. on Monday. "The car started being a Hyundai Eon MO 3745. The person appearing on the video is defined as, once again because I described, Vhon Martin Tanto. He has got been positively recognized by witnesses in the location because the individual responsible for that shooting of Mark Vincent Garalde," Coronel mentioned.
"So there is a constructive identification of both the person and also the car as shown on the viral video," he added. Garalde was killed on the spot following becoming shot 5 times, which includes on in the face. A bystander was also hit and is also in critical condition within a nearby hospital.
Police, citing witnesses, stated the altercation among each of the began soon after the suspect's Hyundai Eon hit the bicycle rider along precisely the same street.