MANILA - A Filipino wanted for the murder of his own father in 2013 in the Philippines was arrested by Abu Dhabi police last February after hiding from authorities for almost five years, Philippine police said Monday.
Nelson Antonio evaded authorities after he was suspected of killing his own father Antonio Antonio in September 2013.
Police Director Roel Obusan, chief of the Philippine National Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG), said the two argued after the father discovered that Nelson was allegedly stealing money from him.
In anger, the older Antonio threatened not to give his son's inheritance, Obusan said.
“Money involvement. Ito kasi nung siya ang pumipirma ng tseke together with one employee nila doon eh nagkaroon ng settlement ng pera na dispalko. Nagalit ang tatay, nag-away sila, parang ang kwentuhan doon parang tatanggalan ng mana,” Obusan said.
Nelson allegedly shot his father six times.
However, Nelson was set free due to a technicality in the case. The crime took place in Parañaque but Nelson surrendered in Las Piñas.
“Tineknikal ng piskal, pinalaya. Can you imagine a person with a warrant of arrest, a fugitive from justice, for a non-bailable offense was able to leave the country go to Abu Dhabi and apply and was granted an investor's visa? And was able to elude arrest for 5 years? Anong klaseng justice system ang umiral noon po sa preliminary and police level?" said Atty. Ferdinand Topacio, the Antonio family's legal counsel.
Nelson went to Singapore in December 2013 and never came back to the Philippines.
A concerned citizen from Abu Dhabi informed the PNP of Nelson’s presence after watching ABS-CBN’s program "S.O.C.O." last December 2017.
“He told me na nakita niya itong subject na 'to and from January we coordinated with the directorate for intelligence who in return directed our police attache based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and on Feb. 16 in cooperation with United Arab Emirates law enforcers naaresto po siya,” said Chief Supt. Albert Ferro, director of the PNP Drug Enforcement Group.
Nelson was deported to Manila on Sunday. He refused to comment on the allegations.
He will be charged with parricide.