Ex-cop charged of murder of Efren ‘Bata’ Reyes’ aunt arrested after 14 years of hiding

Published May 16, 2019, 9:11 AM

by AJ Siytangco

By Aaron Recuenco

After 14 years of hiding, a former policeman who was tagged in the killing of the aunt of billiards legend Efren “Bata” Reyes was arrested in a raid in Olongapo City.

Newly assigned National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) Director Guillermo Eleazar (FEDERICO CRUZ / MANILA BULLETIN)
National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) Maj. Gen. Guillermo Lorenzo Eleazar

Maj. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar, director of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO), said the operation against Elias Gamboa stemmed from a tip-off about his whereabouts.

“He was arrested while on his way to vote on Monday in West Bajac, Olongapo City,” said Eleazar.

Gamboa is a policeman who did not report to duty after the killing of Victoria Pangilinan on March 20, 2005 in Manila. He used to be assigned to the Meisic Police Station, under the Station 11 of the Manila Police District.

Based on court records, Gamboa and Pangilinan had a mutual understanding but the two figured in a heated argument that led the former to stab the victim 19 times. Pangilinan was then 60 years old.

He was charged of murder with no bail recommended in October 2005. A reward of P145,000 was offered for his arrest.

“Gamboa hid in different places and became a tricycle driver to sustain his needs from 2005 up to the date of arrest,” said Eleazar, adding that Gamboa was dismissed from the service in 2006.

Eleazar said the suspect is now under their custody and will be presented to a Manila court where he was charged with murder. (Aaron Recuenco)