Police nabs suspects in killing of Vigan City judge

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Sunday announced the arrest of the two gunmen behind the killing of a judge in Vigan City, Ilocos Sur late last year following eight months of manhunt operations.

PNP spokesman, Chief Supt. Agrimero Cruz Jr., identified the two arrested gunmen behind the killing of Vigan City Regional Trial Court, Judge Reynaldo Lacasandile as Candido Mitrada and Peter Tagura.

The PNP spokesman said that Mitrada and Tagura were arrested by operatives of the La Union Provincial office under Senior Supt. Ramon Purugganan, inside the Cockpit Arena of San Gabriel town in La Union.

Cruz said the arrest of the two gunmen came after the La Union Provincial Police office has received information that the suspect in the killing of Judge Lacasandile has taken refuge at the said province.

The PNP spokesman said that Purugganan, acting on the information, quickly formed a special  tracker team that conducted surveillance operation that eventually led to the arrest of the two gunmen.

The two were arrested by police operatives base on an order of arrest issued by the National Capital Region Branch 141 of Makati City.

Police were able to seized from the possessions of the two suspects two .45 caliber pistols with magazines and ammunition and believed may have used in the killing of Judge Lacasandile and a fan knife.

Judge Lacasandile was shot dead by two gunmen while on his way home in Tagudin, Ilocos Sur last October 4, 2010.

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