Gunman in Sudipen mayor’s slay nabbed, 4 more hunted

SAN Fernando City, La Union -- One of the five alleged gunmen in the brutal killing of a town mayor and his two aides was arrested Wednesday, police said yesterday.

Senior Supt. Herminio S. Tadeo Jr., officer in charge of Police Regional Office 1, said Rosendo Obedoza Sibayan, 29, of Butubot Norte, Balaoan town, was finally caught off-guard when his men swooped down on his hideout during the implementation of search warrant for violation of RA 10591 or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act of 2013.

Sibayan, Col. Tadeo said, was one of the men who attacked and killed Sudipen Mayor Alexander Boquing and his two bodyguards last October 1.

Killed also in the ambush were PO2 Rolando Juanbe and driver Boni Depdepen.

Also wounded was his wife, Wendy Joy Buquing, incumbent vice mayor.

Based on report, personnel of La Union Police Provincial Office implemented Search Warrant No SCC-2018-42 for violation of RA 10591 dated Oct. 8, 2018 issued by Judge Jaime L. Dojillo Jr., of RTC Branch 57, San Carlos City, Pangasinan against Rosendo Obedoza Sibayan, 29, married, of Bgy. Butubut Norte, Balaoan.

Said operation resulted in the confiscation from the suspect of six live ammunition and a fired cartridge for cal. 5.56 bullet.

A Special Investigation Task Group said Sibayan was one of the five suspects behind Mayor Boquing’s killing on October 1.