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  • Writer's pictureChristian Malnawa

Abra police says public cooperation expedited arrest of suspects who killed a school teacher

Updated: Oct 10, 2022

Abra, Philippines – Abra police released a statement Thursday, October 6, thanking the public for their contributions to the speedy resolution of the case of Rudy Steward Dugmam Sayen, a teacher in Bangued, Abra who was killed by a riding in tandem.

The four suspects have already been identified, along with the alleged mastermind, who is the victim’s relative, through the collective effort of the public and the police personnel.

Abra Police Provincial Director PCol Maly Castillo Cula said the ‘Kasimbayanan’ effort has manifested with the help of the religious sector, the media, and the public, who provided significant information which resulted in solving the crime.

Cula further expressed his gratitude to the community of Bangued, particularly those who voluntarily provided CCTV footage which effectively assisted the investigation of the authorities.

“Along with the officers, men, and women of Abra PPO, therefore, our heartfelt gratitude to all of you…May everyone continue to support the PNP Abra and actively get involved in our peacekeeping efforts to establish a community that is peaceful, orderly, and more progressive, to live, work and do business!” the Abra police top official stated.

As recalled, Sayen, also called ‘Estee’ by his friends, was heading to work the early morning of Wednesday when he was shot twice by a riding-in-tandem.

He was said to have been tailed by the suspects and when they were nearing the curve going to Barangay Sta. Rosa, one of the suspects, hit his motorcycle, while the other suspect shot him in the back and behind the ears.

Sayen was ferried to the hospital by the members of Abra Provincial Mobile Force Company, but while being treated, he died.

The suspects are now facing murder charges.


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