Killer of agri officer in NorthCot nabbed

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews / 19 June) – Authorities arrested here on Monday the suspected killer of the municipal agriculture officer of Arakan, North Cotabato, police said.

Senior Insp. Jun Napat, officer-in-charge of the Arakan PNP, identified the suspect as Caesar Mangawan, also known as Boy Dawag, who, according to witnesses, was a gun-for-hire.

Mangawan was accused of killing Arakan municipal agriculturist Edgar Arana in November 18, 2017.

Aside from facing murder, Napat said the suspect is involved in robbery by band with two homicide cases under Criminal Case Number 4198-2017, which earned him as the most wanted person in Arakan.

The warrant for Mangawan’s arrest was issued in 2017 by Judge Jose Tabosares of the Regional Trial Court Branch 23.

Reports from the Kidapawan City PNP said that Mangawan and his live-in partner, identified only as Rose, went into hiding in Barangay Perez here.

They allegedly sought refuge in the house of one of Rose’s relatives at Sitio Lapan, Barangay Perez.

Unfortunately for Mangawan and his partner, the owner of the lot where the house sits, a barangay official, learned about Mangawan’s crime record in Arakan and reported the latter’s presence to an outpost of the Citizens Armed Forces Geographical Unit (CAFGU) at Sitio Lapan.

Immediately, personnel from the Kidapawan City PNP arrived at the place and arrested the couple.

Around 7 p.m. on Monday, Mangawan was transferred to Arakan town to face the charges filed against him, Napat said. (Malu Cadelina Manar / MindaNews)