BORACAY ISLAND, Malay, Aklan — A police official said Thursday that this world-class island is no haven for wanted criminals and lawless elements.
Lt. Col.Don Dicksie de Dios, Malay police chief, said a number of wanted persons who have sought refuge and committed crimes here have been collared.
Earlier, a murder suspect identified as Edwin Lampute who is wanted for the shooting of a landowner was arrested Monday after four years in hiding by troops of Lt. Col. de Dios.
Lampute, a resident of Bgy. Pantalan Nabaye, Ajuy, Iloilo, was arrested by Malay cops in Ajuy where he hid after the allegedly committing the murder in Boracay.
In his report to Col. Ramir Perlito Perlas, Aklan police director, Col de Dios said Lampute works as a politician’s bodyguard.
“The subject person has been a long-time fugitive and is listed as the Number 1 Most Wanted Person of the Malay police. The operation was carried out thru Manhunt Charlie in Bgy Pantalan Nabaye, Ajuy, Iloilo which resulted in the arrest of the subject fugitive,” said De Dios.
According to de Dios, the accused was arrested on the strength of a Warrant of Arrest issued by RTC Branch 6 Judge Jemena L. Abellar Arbis, of Kalibo, Aklan for the crime of murder.
No bail was recommended for Lampute’s provisional release.
De Dios gathered that the suspect was involved in a property dispute and allegedly shot dead one Reynold Serandin.
Lampute is now beng held at the Malay MPS Detention Cell.
“The effectiveness of the operation was once again attributed to community collaboration thru information fed by concerned citizens and was carried out after a series of validation and surveillance on the subject,” de Dios added.
Col. Perlas and Municipal Mayor Frolibar Bautista extended their congratulations to Malay PNP personnel for being steadfast in performing their sworn and mandated tasks.