The suspect behind Christine Lee Silawan slay was captured by the authorities in Davao City yesterday.
Authorities captured Jonas Bueno based on the warrant filed against him by the Danao City Regional Trial Court in 2017.
His brothers, Junry Bueno and Jury Mal-Ang were also included in the warrant.
Bueno who’s working as a construction worker was found by the authorities in Matina, Davao City, on Friday.
He’s now under the custody of NBI Davao Region.
According to the report, Bueno was also behind another case where a farmer, Trinidad Batucan, 60, was found lifeless and skinned in Danao City, Cebu on January 11, 3 months before the Silawan slay happened.
The three suspects were also former members of the New People’s Army (NPA) according to Danao PNP.
Reports said that Jonas is the only surviving member of the Bueno brothers.
Police Chief Inspector Milgrace Driz said that Bueno didn’t resist arrest when he was found by the members of CIDG.
“He has been known in the area as Jason Martel,” she said.
Rumors circulating that Bueno and the other suspects were part of the cult which victimizing people as a sacrifice.
However, Philippine National Police (PNP) said that Bueno is not the only suspect in the case, saying that they’re still finding another man who communicated with Christine Silawan before the slaying happened.
“Doon sa cellphone na nakuha sa kamag anak noong biktima, sa patuloy na imbestigasyon na isinasagawa ay may mga nakuhang impormasyon na may kausap itong biktima noong araw na iyon,” Police Colonel Bernard Banac, Spokesperson of PNP said.
The authorities said that the other suspect who’s still at large might be having a psychological disorder and also using shabu.
“Sa taong may psychological disorder at lango sa pinagbabawal na gamot, pinagsama yan makakagawa talaga ng mga ganitong karumal dumal na bagay,” Banac said.
A total of P2 million reward was earlier offered in exchange for information that could help solve Silawan case.
The incident sparked anger on social media after the photos of Silawan has been circulated on the internet.
Netizens called for the revival of capital punishment which worried human rights group.
Even President Duterte reached the news and ordered the authorities to hunt the suspects as soon as possible.
Authorities were also ordered to capture the suspects alive.