Suspect in Quiapo road rage murder arrested in Masbate



Vhon Martin Tanto, the suspect in the killing of a cyclist in Quiapo following an altercation on Monday night, was arrested in Masbate on Friday. A report by GMA News' Jun Veneracion on Balitanghali, citing Army chief Lt. Gen. Eduardo Año, said Tanto was arrested at 11:40 a.m. in Barangay Poblacion East in Milagros town by combined elements of the Army's Intelligence and Security Group, 9th Infantry Division and local police. Tanto, an Army reservist, is the suspect in the killing of Mark Vincent Garalde during an altercation along P. Casal Street on Monday night. "The arrest also proves that we do not condone any wrongdoing committed by any member of our organization," said Army spokesperson Col. Benjamin Hao.

"We do not tolerate any scalawags, and we make sure that those who committed a crime shall be dealt with accordingly," he added. In Camp Aguinaldo, Armed Forces spokesperson Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla Jr. said Tanto did not resist arrest. "Mapayapa po siyang naaresto ng mga elemento ng Philippine Army. Itong effort na ito ay nagmula pa nung naging viral ang video at nakita po ng ating tanggapan," Padilla said.

Vhon Martin Tanto, the suspect in the killing of a cyclist in Quiapo following an altercation on Monday night, was arrested in Masbate on Friday.

A report by GMA News' Jun Veneracion on Balitanghali, citing Army chief Lt. Gen. Eduardo Año, said Tanto was arrested at 11:40 a.m. in Barangay Poblacion East in Milagros town by combined elements of the Army's Intelligence and Security Group, 9th Infantry Division and local police.

Tanto, an Army reservist, is the suspect in the killing of Mark Vincent Garalde during an altercation along P. Casal Street on Monday night. "The arrest also proves that we do not condone any wrongdoing committed by any member of our organization," said Army spokesperson Col. Benjamin Hao. "We do not tolerate any scalawags, and we make sure that those who committed a crime shall be dealt with accordingly," he added.

In Camp Aguinaldo, Armed Forces spokesperson Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla Jr. said Tanto did not resist arrest. "Mapayapa po siyang naaresto ng mga elemento ng Philippine Army. Itong effort na ito ay nagmula pa nung naging viral ang video at nakita po ng ating tanggapan," Padilla said.

The Philippine Army had earlier said it will do its share in locating Tanto, who is assigned with the 1301st Community Defense Center, National Capital Regional Community Defense Group of the Army Reserve Command based in Caloocan City.

Tanto, 39, was positively identified by witnesses through the pictures on his social media account. The Hyundai Eon seen on the CCTV footage of the incident was traced to him through its conduction sticker.

The footage, which has become viral on social media, showed Tanto shooting Garalde several times at point blank after they engaged in a fistfight. A bystander is in critical condition after being hit by a stray bullet.

Tanto's vehicle was later recovered by the police in Nueva Vizcaya, at the house of his brother-in-law. Police said Tanto owned three firearms and is considered armed and dangerous.

The licenses of his three firearms—a .45 Armscor pistol, .40 cal Glock and .45 cal Norinco—have already been revoked by the Philippine National Police.

Tanto was expected to be brought to the 9th Infantry Battalion headquarters in Milagros town before he will be turned over to the Manila Police District, Padilla said.

H/T:gmanewsonline

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