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One of the suspects in the shooting incident victimizing Municipal Councilor Rude Anthony Melodia was arrested during a manhunt operation on Friday afternoon (March 12, 2021 at around 3:25 PM) in Purok 3, Brgy. Manalongon, Sta. Catalina, Negros Oriental. 

The CIDG Negros Oriental PFU together with the 1ST PMFC and Sta. Catalina MPS served a Warrant of Arrest (WOA) against MAXIMO ELIGAN ACABAL a.k.a. “Long-long” a 53-year-old laborer accused for ATTEMPTED MURDER. 

The said WOA was issued by Hon. Maria Myla Rae Santos Orden, Presiding Judge of RTC Branch 63, Bayawan City, Negros Oriental. 

ACABAL is listed as the No. 1 Municipal Level Most Wanted Person (MWP) in Sta. Catalina, Negros Oriental. 

Meanwhile, a 42-year-old businesswoman identified as ALMA CAMANGENG DELA CRUZ was nabbed by detectives of the CIDG Baguio CFU together with RHPU COR, BCPO PS 8, and BCPO PS 4 on the same date (March 12, 2021) at about 6:30 PM in Pinsao Proper, Baguio City. 

DELA CRUZ is wanted for violation of BP 22 under the WOA issued by Hon. Glenda T. Ortiz-Soriano, Presiding Judge of Municipal Trial Court in Cities, First Judicial Region, Branch 2, Baguio City.  She also ranks as the No. 6 Regional Level MWP of Highway Patrol Group Cordillera. 

 CIDG Director, PMGEN ALBERT IGNATIUS D FERRO said that the arrest of Acabal is a huge break in the PNP’s investigation of the said shooting incident and from there, more leads will be gathered until justice is served to all those involved in this crime.   ###