MANILA — The arrest of Quiapo road rage suspect, Vhon Martin Tanto, by joint military operatives highlights the AFP desire to rid itself of scalawags even those coming from its reservist ranks.
Tanto was nabbed by Army intelligence agents and police personnel at his residence in Barangay Poblacion East, Milagros town, Masbate at 11:50 a.m., said AFP public affairs office chief Col. Edgard Arevalo.
“ According to reports coming from apprehending personnel, Tanto did not resist arrest and peacefully joined the team that accosted him,” he added.
Arevalo said the suspect’s arrest show the AFP’s resolve to bring into justice a suspect who was tagged as the killer of a biker and the wounding of female bystander Quiapo earlier this week.
“The AFP begun to have a particular interest in this case after Tanto was identified to be an Army Reservist. Per verification however, it surface that he is in “Inactive” status and has been virtually delisted from the rolls for failure to report to his unit since January 2015,” he added.
Tanto shot dead biker Mark Vincent Garalde in P. Casal, Quaipo following a heated spat and brawl Monday night.
The victim allegedly came into blows with Tanto after the latter’s car, a red Hyundai Eon, accidentally bumped Garalde’s bicycle.
An 18-year-old girl, who was nearby, was also wounded after being hit by stray bullets.
“Since he was identified to be a reservist after that fatal road rage, he has been dragging not only the AFP but also the good name and reputation of the Reservist Force in the Army, Air Force, and the Navy,” Arevalo said.
He added the AFP will not tolerate scalawags who brings discredit and dishonor to its ranks.
“It will, as it did, exert all efforts and utilize its available resources to help arrest this individual labeled as ‘very dangerous’,” Arevalo stressed.
Tanto was turned over to the Masbate Provincial Police Office who in turn will hand him over to appropriate police authorities for appropriate filing of cases. PRIAM NEPOMUCENO/ PNA/ northboundasia.com