QCPD arrests suspects in transman's killing

Published May 23, 2021, 9:48 AM

by Allysa Nievera

The Quezon City Police District (QCPD) on Saturday arrested the suspects behind the killing of transman Ebeng Mayor, 21 whose body was found at a vacant lot in Barangay Bagong Silangan, Quezon City.

Mugshots of the suspects on the Ebeng Mayor rape-slay case. (Photo courtesy of PNP Chief Guillermo Eleazar official twitter account/ MANILA BULLETIN)

According to the police, Mayor has been missing for 3 days until a 39-year-old man found his body “decomposing and mutilated” on Thursday, May 20.

Norriebi Tria alias Ebeng Mayor’s body was beheaded and a wooden stick was shoved into the sensitive part of his body.

The suspects were identified as Zander Dela Cruz, 22, Joel Loyola alias “Nonoy Sablay”, 30, and Richard Elvin Araza alias “Tiago”, 34.

Dela Cruz first admitted on Friday that he and two others raped and killed Mayor, his childhood friend

Loyola and Tiago, who are both residents of Payatas, were named by Dela Cruz. They were later arrested in a follow up operation.

Suspects have already undergone drug tests. Probers said Loyola and Araza had previous cases for illegal drugs and were released through the plea-bargaining agreement.

Violation of RA 10591 or Illegal Possession of Firearms and Ammunition was filed against Loyola.

QCPD-CIDU chief Elmer Monsalve said the parents of Mayor have already met with the suspects who were charged with rape with homicide and robbery at the Quezon City Prosecutor’s Office on Saturday, May 22.