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14 years past Ex-cop facing kidnap, murder raps nabbed

BACOLOD CITY, Philippines —  A former policeman, facing kidnapping with murder charges, was arrested Saturday by his former colleagues at South Capitol Road in Bacolod City.

Former Police Officer 2 Ruel Villacanas has a pending arrest warrant for kidnapping with murder, in connection with the deaths of Eleuterio Salabas, former Pahanocoy barangay captain in Bacolod City, Ricardo Suganob and Maximo Lomoljo Jr. in August 31, 2003.

Villacanas, who used to be assigned to the Bacolod City Police Office, has been a fugitive for 14 years but he has denied involvement in the kidnapping with murder cases.

The bodies of Suganob, Lomoljo and Salabas were found at the Bago River in Negros Occidental, and in the territorial waters of Ajuy in Iloilo, several days after they were reported as missing by their relatives.

More than 10 police officers, including dismissed Chief Inspector Clarence Donga-il, were linked to the kidnapping and killing of the three victims, 14 years ago. Donga-il is now serving his prison terms at the National Penitentiary in Muntinlupa. (FREEMAN)

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