Man wanted for rape captured after 12 years in hiding

Published April 21, 2021, 2:27 PM

by Zaldy Comanda

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – A man wanted for rape was arrested after 12 years in hiding in Bauko, Mountain Province last Monday.

Cordillera police director Police Brig. Gen. Ronald Lee identified the suspect as Rosario “Sario” Cayabas Agustin, 52,  farmer and a former driver.

Agustin,  the No. 8 Most Wanted Person (MWP) on the regional level for the second quarter of 2021, was nabbed as a result of the intensive monitoring of intelligence operatives and civilians who provided additional information.

Agustin was arrested through the joint efforts of the Baguio City police, Ifugao provincial police, RMFB15, and PNP-SAF operatives.

Lee said the suspect was tracked down in Sitio Sugo, Guinzadan, Bauko where he hid  for 12 years with the help of his former colleagues who positively identified him and gave info on his possible whereabouts.

Cayabas is accused of rape through sexual assault under Criminal Case No. 29413-R and had a warrant of arrest issued by Judge Iluminada P. Cabato of the Regional Trial Court, First Judicial Region, Branch 59, Baguio City.