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MANILA, Philippines -- The alleged gunman in the assassination of Carrangalan, Nueva Ecija Mayor Restituto Abad was arrested by police intelligence operatives in Quezon City during the weekend.
Intelligence Group director Charles Calima Jr., in his report to Philippine National Police Director General Nicanor Bartolome, said Jonathan Carpio, 31, told investigators he had been paid an initial P20,000 by a certain Pete to carry out the hit on Abad.
Abad was shot at close range in Barangay Saranay, Guimba town on February 4 and died five days later. Army soldier Satty Duclayan, his driver and bodyguard, was wounded in the attack.
Nueva Ecija Governor Aurelio Umali offered a P1 million reward for information leading to the arrest of Abad's killers. The slain mayor’s family added P100,000 to the bounty.
The victim’s family also offered P100,000 to hasten the manhunt for the suspects.
Calima said Carpio was arrested while apparently staking out another target.
He is facing murder and frustrated murder charges over the Abad assassination.