Jul 17, 2021 @ 19:08

Man who escaped under cops’ watch gets 40 years for murder of radio blocktimer

A Zamboanga del Sur court has sentenced to 40 years’ imprisonment the man suspected of murdering a local radio broadcaster and is now on the loose after escaping under the watch of two policemen.

In a recent decision, Pagadian City Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 18 Judge Felix Rodriguez, Jr., declared Arnaiz Alam Cabaro, alias Cabib, guilty beyond reasonable doubt for the May 12, 2018 murder of Carlos Matas.

Cabaro, who was tried in absentia, was ordered to pay Matas’s heirs the amounts of P75,000 as civil indemnity, P75,000 as moral damages, P75,000 as exemplary damages, and P130,540 as actual damages, with 6% interest per annum on the aggregate monetary award.

The victim Matas was a retired member of the Philippine Army and the provincial coordinator of the Cassava Farmers Association. He was the co-ancher of a radio program produced by the provincial government and aired over dxCA 106.3 Bell FM radio station.

He was shot dead in an ambush by seven armed individuals in Barangay Noburan, Labangan municipality. That was the second attempt on his life in only a week.

On the afternoon of April 26, 2019, Cabaro escaped from the Aisah Hospital in Pagadian City, where he was brought by Police Corporal Elmo Fadri and Police Corporal James Luague from the detention facility in Labangan after complaining of chest pain. #

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