Dismissed cop behind robbery-slay of messenger in Valenzuela killed in firefight

Published March 18, 2021, 8:49 PM

by Joseph Pedrajas

The dismissed police officer who was allegedly the “mastermind” behind the October 2020 robbery-slay of a messenger in Valenzuela City has been killed in an encounter with police in Batangas, the Valenzuela City government confirmed Thursday.

(Photo from Valenzuela LGU)

Dismissed cop Anthony Glua Cubos died after he engaged in a gunfight with the police officers serving him an arrest warrant in Lipa City on Wednesday (March 18), the local government said.

Cubos was alleged both by Valenzuela City government and police to be the “big boss” or the “mastermind” behind the killing of Niño Luegi Hernando, who was shot by motorcycle-riding robbers after he withdrew about P443,000 cash from a bank in Barangay Paso de Blas.

The local government of Valenzuela City in a statement Thursday night said it will continue “to seek justice” for Hernando despite the death of Cubos.

A manhunt operation against two suspects at-large, identified as Rico “Moja” Reyes and Narciso “Tukmol” Santiago, still continues, it added.

“The city government will reward P300,000 to anyone who can provide information to the suspects’ whereabouts,” the local government said.

Three other suspects tagged in the killing were already arrested by police, including Jo-Anne Cabatuan who was previously tagged as a witness but eventually became a suspect due to her suspicious activities.