If police find it hard to arrest fugitive Dinagat Island Congressman Ruben Ecleo, Jr. it could be that he is now wearing a different face.
Cebu City Police Senior Insp. Randy Caballes of the Regional Intelligence Division said they have not received information that Ecleo is hiding in Cebu or other provinces in the region.
Senior Supt. Mariano Natuel, Regional Investigation and Detective Management Division (RIDMD) chief of Police Regional Office (PRO) 7, said
police are checking reports that that the supreme master of the religious organization Philippine Benevolent Missionaries Association (PBMA) had changed his appearance through surgery.
The Philippine National Police (PNP) has offered P150,000 for the capture of Ecleo Jr., who was recently convicted of parricide for the death of his wife, Alona Bacolod-Ecleo in 2002.
Natuel said the bounty was approved by PNP Chief Nicanor Bartolome.
”It will motivate the civilians to help the police in arresting wanted persons,” Natuel said.
He said the bounty is taken from the funds of the PNP.
But, Natuel said, it doesn’t mean the police force have surrendered in finding Ecleo, who was convicted by the court for killing his wife, Alona.
”If Ecleo is right in front of me, I will arrest him,” he said.
Ecleo has been included in the country’s “A-1” list of high-profile fugitives form the law, that includes retired major-general and partylist Rep. Jovito Palparan and former Palawan governor Joel Reyes.