Published: Thursday 12 July, 2018

Mastermind in Mayor Bote Killing Identified After Gunman’s Confession

Police are on the manhunt for the mastermind in the assassination of Mayor Ferdinand Bote of Gen. Tinio, Nueva Ecija. This after the gunman confessed to the killing.

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Mayor Bote was shot and killed as he sat inside his SUV on July 3. (Philstar photo)

Elements of the Philippine National Police (PNP) arrested two suspects in the shooting death of Mayor Bote in Camarines Sur on Wednesday morning. They were identified as Florencio Suarez, 48, and Robert Gumacay, 35, the alleged gunmen.

Mayor Ferdinand Bote was shot and killed as his car was leaving the NIA compound in Cabanatuan City on July 3. CCTV video captured the moment he was shot as he sat in the front passenger seat of his SUV.

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The PNP said the two suspects were arrested at a checkpoint in Del Gallego, Camarines Sur after investigations of the CIDG revealed that the gunmen were on the run and were on board a Toyota Avanza on their way to Bicol.

After their arrest, the two suspects confessed their participation in the shooting of Mayor Bote.

“Yung isa doon nag-confess na na siya ang shooter. And even the other one, although hindi siya assisted by a counsel. Yung isa si Suarez. Si Gumatay admitted in front of a counsel,” said PNP chief, Director General Oscar Albayalde on Thursday.

Albayalde declined to name the alleged mastermind but told the media a manhunt is already underway.

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Mayor Bote was one of four LGU executives assassinated the past two weeks. These include Tanauan City mayor, Antonio Halili; Trece Martires vice mayor, Alex Lubigan, and a vice mayor from Tawi Tawi.