Police clear suspect in journalist's slay

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 08 2014 09:28 PM | Updated as of Apr 09 2014 06:06 AM

CAVITE (UPDATED) - A man arrested by police was not involved in the murder of tabloid reporter Rubylita Garcia, authorities said Tuesday.

The man was identified as Aaron Cruz.

He was arrested by the Provincial Intelligence Branch of the Cavite Provincial Police Office during a buy-bust operation in Cavite City.

According to Cavite Provincial Director Senior Supt. Joselito Esquivel Jr., the suspect's features fit the description of the gunman who killed Garcia.

He added, however, that the 4 eyewitnesses in the crime said Cruz was not the gunman they saw on the night of the killing.

Cruz will remain under the custody of the Cavite police for illegal possession of firearms and drugs.

Garcia, 52, a reporter and columnist of tabloid Remate, was killed at her home in Bacoor, Cavite on Sunday afternoon.

She sustained five gunshot wounds in her body. - reports from Eric Dastas, DZMM