No. 1 Most Wanted in Biliran Province
COP Police Capt. Vic R. Viros identified the suspect as Danilo Verunque y Delda with true name Dante Verunque y Delda, 24, single, farmer.

Caibiran, Biliran— A team from the local police here arrested the No. 1 Most Wanted Person in the province of Biliran who is facing the crime of murder and frustrated murder about 1:00 the morning today (Aug. 5) in Sitio Culawin, Brgy Maurang here.

Caibiran COP Police Capt. Vic R. Viros identified the suspect as Danilo Verunque y Delda with true name Dante Verunque y Delda, 24, single, farmer, a resident of the said barangay.

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The arrest of the suspect was by virtue of two Warrant of Arrest with Criminal Case No. N-3975 for Murder (Art. 248 RPC), with No Bail bond recommended and Criminal Case No. N-3976 for Frustrated Murder with bail recommend fixed at Two Hundred Thousand Pesos (Php200, 000.00), both issued by Hon. Luz P. Navarrete, Presiding Judge, RTC, 8th Judicial Region Branch 16, Naval, Biliran.

Court records show that Verunque along with Felipe Nartea and one John Doe help each other in the killing and the wounding of the late Caitano Lanzarote and his son Jefri about 7:30 in the evening on Dec 28, 2019 in Sitio Palayan, Brgy. Caucab, Almeria, Biliran.

According to Patrocinia Caitano, wife of Caitano, they have just finished their dinner when she heard a loud bang of their door followed by explosions. Later, she said she heard her son Jefri calling for help who was lying on the ground wounded. Patrocinia rushed to her son and dragged her to the door while shouting for help.

Her other son Jolito and a neighbor rushed to their house and immediately brought the two victims to the Biliran Provincial Hospital but the elder Lanzarote died while on the way to the hospital and Jefri, because of his severe wounds was brought to the Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center in Tacloban City where he survive.

Jefri Lanzaroti in his testimony said that after having their dinner he heard a loud bang of their door which was followed by explosions. He said that he allegedly saw the suspect Felipe Nartea entered this house carrying a firearm. He said that he and other family members run out of their house but he remembered his father was left alone.

He said he went back inside their and saw the Verunque stabbing his father who was already lying in the ground bleeding. As he carried his father away suspect Verunque came to the house and stabbed his father. He said that he dragged his father away and grappled the knife held by the suspect Verunque but he was allegedly shot by Nartea and when he fell to the ground Verunque allegedly also stabbed him several times.

The arrested suspect is temporarily detained at the lock up cell of Caibiran Police Station while awaiting for the commitment order of the court to transfer him to the Provincial Jail. –

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