ILOILO City – The most wanted person in Zamboanga del Norte was arrested yesterday in Barangay Alcantara, Lemery, Iloilo.
Lemery policemen caught murder suspect Renerio Andawal, 44, of Barangay Lingatongan, Manukan, Zamboanga del Norte in the house of a relative at around 12:20 p.m.
Andawal had been in hiding these past three years. His arrest warrant was issued by Judge Ric Bastasa of the Regional Trial Court (Branch 8), 9th Judicial Region on Sept. 5, 2016 yet.
Andawal was the No. 1 fugitive in Zamboanga del Norte, according to Police Captain Marvin Buenavista, Lemery police chief.
The Lemery police station learned of Andawal’s presence in the municipality from the police station of Manukan.
“We verified the information and went ahead with the operation to capture him after we got hold of the arrest warrant for murder,” said Buenavista.
Andawal was one of three men charged for the death of a farmer over a land dispute. He was the second to be arrested.
Andawal was taken to the Lemery police station after his arrest. He would be shipped back to Zamboanga del Norte this week, said Bautista./PN