2 suspects in murder of Tsinoys surrender

TWO more suspects in the kidnapping and killing of three Chinese rice traders in Isabela province early this month surrendered yesterday.

Cagayan Valley police director Chief Supt. Francisco Villaroman identified the two as Arvin Guiao, 42, a businessman  from Namnama in Alicia, Isabela, and Robert Baccay, 38, of Echague town, both in Isabela.

The two, accompanied by their respective lawyers, surfaced at the headquarters of the Isabela Provincial Police Office at around 10 a.m. yesterday, Villaroman said.

The two had also confessed their participating in the kidnapping for ransom and murder of rice traders Pan Xinyi, also known as Lucio Pua, and his wife Pan Juhua, alias Rosemarie Pua, and Gemma Eugenio last September 6.

The police official said the couple was engaged in rice and palay trading with Eugenio as their middleman.

Guiao and Baccay claimed they were contracted by Jay Lord Dimal to kidnap and murder the three in exchange of P25,000 each, investigators said.

Dimal, a palay middleman, earlier surrendered to police two days ago. He allegedly confessed he masterminded the abduction and murder of the three.

Dimal, who owed the couple P10 million, was forced to surrender when he was tagged by a suspect Eduardo Sapipi who admitted to the crime days after the incident.

Two other suspects who confessed to their participation in the crime were identified as Allan Castillo and Ernesto Billador.

The three victims were kidnapped by the suspects on morning of September 6 while motoring on the way home and their dismembered bodies were later dumped in different places in Isabela and Quirino provinces.

The victims’ relatives received phone calls from the suspects demanding P10 million ransom for their release. Anthony Vargas

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