By: Bohol Island News | 08:46 PM September 12, 2019
After hiding for two years, the two suspects who are allegedly involved in the killing of Bohol Bien Unido Mayor Gisela Boniel in 2017, were finally arrested on Thursday, September 12.
The suspects were identified as Lobo Boniel and Allan Delos Reyes Jr., both residents of Bien Unido town, Bohol.
During the press conference on Thursday, September 12, held at the Camp Sergio Osmeña, the headquarters of the Police Regional Office in Central Visayas, Police Colonel Jonathan Cabal, acting director of the Bohol Provincial Police Office, revealed that a patrolman based in Lapu-Lapu City held the two fugitives.
Cabal said they were given a tip by a source that Boniel and Delos Reyes were seen in Lapu-Lapu City.
Boniel is the fourth, while Delos Reyes is fifth most wanted individuals in Lapu-Lapu City and Bohol.
Police were able to arrest them in Barangay Basak inside the house owned by Police Patrolman Nico Ababon, who happens to be the cousin-in-law of Lobo.
Lobo is the cousin of former Bohol Provincial Board member Niño Rey Boniel, the husband of Gisela. The former board member is being pointed as the mastermind of Gisela’s murder.
Cabal said they confiscated a police T-shirt, a .45 calibre pistol, and five live ammunitions from Lobo.
Cabal said Ababon will be investigated thoroughly because “harbouring a suspect of a crime is against the law.”
He also said they will be filing a case of obstruction of justice against the legal counsel who told them to hide and the lawyer may even lose his license to practice law.
The two suspects have been hiding from authorities since 2017.
The court issued an alias warrant when the original warrant is returned to the court without being served.
Lobo and Delos Reyes, who allegedly kidnapped Gisela, are two of the nine suspects in the killing of Gisela.
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Other suspects Riolitio Boniel and Randel Lupas earlier accused Niño Rey of masterminding the abduction and murder of Gisela on June 7, 2017.
Niño pleaded not guilty to the parricide case and trial continues to this day.
As of June 2017, she remains missing.