Woman wanted for murder in Cotabato falls

Woman wanted for murder in Cotabato falls

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews / 13 January) — Authorities nabbed on Friday a 48-year old woman who has been wanted for murder in Magpet, North Cotabato.

Senior Inspector Jay Calderon, deputy provincial chief of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) Cotabato, identified the accused as Myrna Apang-Cristobal.

Cristobal, her husband Arnulfo, and her younger brother Romeo Quino Apang, were charged with murder when they allegedly conspired to kill a certain Erlinda Ajao in Barangay Alibayon, Magpet in June 2007.

Myrna’s arrest came eight days after her younger brother, Romeo, was arrested by the police at Barangay Poblacion in Magpet.

Deep-seated land conflict was believed the motive behind Ajao’s murder. The suspects and the victim are relatives, Calderon said.

Of the three, Arnulfo remains at large and is now the subject of police manhunt.

The CIDG Cotabato deputy chief said that after they arrested Myrna Cristobal at Tahran Subdivision at around 4 p.m., on January 12, they immediately went to a house in the Poblacion  to look for Arnulfo but failed to arrest him.

Reports reaching CIDG said that the Cristobal couple had been in hiding since June 2007 and has changed residences from time-to-time.

Calderon said an informant told them that the Cristobals had sought shelter in a house at Tahran Subdivision and has stayed there for more than a year.

The accused did not resist arrest, according to Calderon.

Myrna is in the custody of CIDG Cotabato while waiting for her commitment order from a local court here. (Malu Cadelina Manar / MindaNews)