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Lone informant to get P2M reward after Ecleo arrest

The lone informant who provided a tip-off on the whereabouts of former Dinagat Islands congressman and cult leader Ruben Ecleo Jr. which led to his arrest will get a P2-million reward.

National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) chief, Maj. Gen. Debold Sinas, said on Thursday that the informant came from the Dinagat Islands.

The NCRPO chief did not disclose the identity of the informant.

Ecleo, who was arrested by police operatives in San Fernando, Pampanga early Thursday, is the number 1 most wanted person on the list of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).

Sinas said their six months surveillance on Ecleo, who has been a fugitive from justice for 14 years, paid off as past operations to capture him resulted in bloody encounters between the police and some of his loyal followers.

The former lawmaker was sentenced to 31 years in prison by the Sandiganbayan for three counts of graft in 2006. He was also convicted by the Cebu City Regional Trial Court in 2012 for parricide over the killing of his wife, Alona Bacolod-Ecleo, in 2002.

Ecleo has been hiding in Balibago in Angeles City for the past four years, according to Sinas.

Meanwhile, Philippine National Police (PNP) chief, Gen. Archie Gamboa, said at least four policemen will receive meritorious promotion due to Ecleo’s successful arrest.

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