The long arm of the law finally caught up with fugitive Noel Ayalin yesterday in Iba town, Zambales, through the Nueva Ecija Police Provincial Office.
Ayalin who is facing multiple and frustrated murder charges, in Silay City, Negros Occidental, ranks number one in the Police Regional Office 6 list of the top 20 most-wanted persons in the Western Visayas, Senior Supt. Milko Lirazan, acting provincial police director of Negros Occidental, said last night.
Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas, said in a press conference, that the police operation against Ayalin was made, with the support of Rep. Alfredo Benitez and Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr, and especially of the Police Regional Office 3, whose operatives undertook the surveillance and served the arrest warrant.
Roxas said Benitez sent a tracker team to verify the location of Ayalin, in coordination with the PR03, and this led to the arrest of the fugitive.
SHOT DURING SESSION
On March 6, 2011, Ayalin, armed with .45 caliber pistol, shot and killed four of his former colleagues in the barangay council of Kapitan Ramon in Silay City, who were holding their regular session. Three other barangay officials, including incumbent barangay chairman, Ramon Celebre, survived the bloodbath, although injured, police records show.
Celebre, who with Armando Occena, father of slain SK chairwoman Imee Occena, joined intelligence operatives of the Nueva Ecija Police Provincial Office in arresting Ayalin, told Bombo Radyo that the fugitive was selling buko juice, in front of a hospital in Iba, Zambales, when he was arrested at about 3 p.m. yesterday.
He also said that Ayalin, who initially resisted arrest, was surprised at their presence.
IDENTIFIED BY VIDEO FOOTAGE
Celebre added that they flew to Manila Wednesday afternoon, after being informed about the presence of Ayalin in Iba, Zambales, when an informant took a video footage on him in Zambales, that was shown to them.
Roxas thanked Negros officials, especially Benitez for sending a tracker team to validate the information he had received. With so many leads being pursued by the police, the trail had gone cold, he said. But it became hot again after this intelligence information, he added.
Regional police director Chief Supt. Josephus Angan, of Western Visayas, said last night that Ayalin will be presented to the Silay RTC in Negros Occidental, that had issued the arrest warrant.
INFORMANT TO GET P800,000
The person who provided information leading to the arrest of Ayalin is expected to receive the P500,000 reward being offered by Gov. Alfredo Maranon Jr. and the P300,000 from the city government of Silay.
Underscoring the heinousness, sheer violence and the mindlessness of this crime, Roxas said shooting unarmed, innocent people who were helpless and who were just doing their jobs, including a woman, and a female Sangguniang Kabataan chairperson, is really worse.
We are thankful that he (Ayalin) is now in police custody, he added.
Vice Mayor Mark Golez said the Silay City Council passed a resolution requesting Mayor Jose Montelibano to appropriate P300,000 as reward for the arrest of Ayalin, in addition to the P500,000 bounty offered by the provincial government
The request was approved by Montelibano.
Benitez also thanked the PNP for their swift action on the intelligence information relayed to him, that turned out to be positive with the arrest of Ayalin.
Asked for his message to the families of the victims, Roxas assured them that there will be no special treatment.
“We were very sad for your loss. The thing that we can do is to bring justice”, he added.
The Silay Regional Trial Court has denied Ayalin bail.
With his arrest, the victims and their families may now attain justice, Lirazan said.*GPB