|Jose Maria Panlilio (left) in detention after his arrest in Thailand.
MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police’s (PNP) most wanted man has been arrested in Thailand, more than 7 years after killing two men in Calamba, Laguna.
Police arrested Jose Maria Sarmiento Panlilio in Bangkok where he reportedly worked as a jeweler. He has a P5 million-reward for his arrest.
The International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) is set to turn Panlilio over to Philippine authorities.
Panlilio has been on the run after being tagged as a suspect in the killing of brothers Albert and Ariel de Castro in July 2003.
On the date of the crime, Panlilio accompanied the De Castro brothers to Calamba to check out a Hyundai Starex van they planned to buy. Upon reaching Calamba, Panlilio allegedly shot the brothers with a 9mm pistol and robbed them of P250,000.
The P5-million reward was put up by the victims' mother, Atty. Carmencita de Castro, after Panlilio went into hiding.
"Masaya ako [about the arrest]. Another thing, malungkot pa rin ako. Maski siya nahuli, wala na ang anak ko. Ang anak ko ang aking kailangan," said the victims' mother. -- With a report from Gus Abelgas, ABS-CBN News