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NBI arrests suspect who killed university official in Nueva Vizcaya

InterAksyon.com
The online news portal of TV5

Authorities have arrested the suspect behind the murder of a Nueva Vizcaya university official, adding that the criminal is believed to belong to a gun-for-hire group. 

Forty-two-year-old Reonel Martinez is now facing a murder case after police said he was behind the killing of Arlyne Fernandez, a budget officer of the Nueva Vizcaya State University (NVSU).

Fernandez was shot on August 15, 2011 by two unidentified suspects while onboard a tricycle inside the university compound. The two suspects casually fled after the incident, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) said.  

Several witnesses have pointed to Martinez as the gunman, saying he and his companion are believed to be members of a gun-for-hire group. In June, 2012, the NBI received the complaint about said case. A parallel investigation was conducted with the police afterwards.

While the murder case against Martinez was being prepared, the NBI received a tip that he was seen in the vicinity of Bambang, Nueva Vizcaya. Martinez was carrying an unlicensed firearm, supposedly intending to commit another crime.

Martinez was spotted in the area on March 21 and was immediately arrested by NBI operatives at a gasoline station along the Heroes Highway in Bambang. He did not resist arrest.

An unlicensed.45 caliber pistol, with four live ammunition, a homemade Magnum .22 cal. with a magazine and 51 live ammunition, a handcuff, a Citizen’s Crime Strike Group badge, and identification cards were found in Martinez's possession. 

He was brought to the NBI office in Bayombong City. Later, he was referred for inquest at the Nueva Vizcaya Provincial Prosecutor’s Office for violation of PD 1866 (Illegal Possession of Firearms and Ammunition) under RA 8042 and murder.

During the inquest, Martinez signed a waiver and invoked his right to a preliminary investigation. Consequently, he was turned over to the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology in Solano, Nueva Vizcaya. 

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