Malay's most wanted murder suspect arrested in Iloilo

Published August 3, 2021, 8:37 AM

by Aaron Recuenco 

Police have arrested the most wanted person in Malay town of Aklan who was accused of killing a liaison officer of a security agency over a land dispute at the world-renowned Boracay Island.

Nabbed was 39-year old Edwin Villar Lampute who used to be connected with a security agency tapped to secure a parcels of disputed lands also in Boracay.

Lt. Col. Don Dicksie de Dios, chief of police of Malay Police Station, said the arrest of Lampute was based on the arrest warrant issued by a local court for case of murder which was filed against the suspect in 2017, with no bail recommended.

De Dios told the Manila Bulletin that Lampute was accused of killing a liaison officer of a rival security agency. Both the security agencies of Lampute and his victim were allegedly involved in securing disputed lands in Boracay.

He said Lampute fled and went into hiding in Iloilo after the shooting.

Recently, he went back to Malay to visit some friends and it was then that the local residents tipped him off to the local police. But Lampute was able to return to his hiding place in Ajuy town of Iloilo.

De Dios said he sent a team of police tracker in Iloilo where Lampute was arrested at around 3:30 p.m. on Monday.