By Martin Sadongdong
The Philippine National Police (PNP) today arrested the coconut vendor who was mauled by enforcers of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) last week after it turned out that he was tagged in a murder case in 2007.
Romnick Relos, 29, of Pasay City, was apprehended by operatives of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) by virtue of an arrest warrant around 4:40 p.m.
He was arrested while appearing at a TV program hosted by Raffy Tulfo in Mandaluyong City, a source said.
He was the same man mauled by MMDA enforcers on Friday in a clearing operation in Pasay City.
Also arrested were Relos’ elder brothers, Dondon, 34, and Roy, 32, in Pasay City, around 4 p.m.
PNP-CIDG director Roel Obusan said the three brothers were involved in the murder of Junie Olete alias Gerry in Masbate province in March 2007.
“Nang makita nila sa TV itong si Romnick, ang daming dumulog sa amin na wanted nga po ito, lalo na ang pamilya. Pinagtataga ang biktima at nagtago sa Maynila for 11 years,” Obusan said.
However, Dondon, the eldest of the three, denied that Romnick was involved in the murder case.
“Kami lang dalawa (Dondon and Roy), hindi siya kasama. Nadamay lang yan,” Dondon claimed.
Obusan clarified that Romnick’s case against the MMDA enforcers will still push through.
The suspects will be charged with murder and will be turned over to Masbate police, Obusan said.