MANILA (UPDATE)— The suspect in the killing of a 24-year-old woman whose body had been dumped in Bulacan province was arrested on Thursday, police confirmed.
The 30-year-old suspect was arrested at a relative's house in Brgy. Tabang, Guiguinto town around 5 p.m., Bulacan police chief Col. Charlie Cabradilla said in a text message to ABS-CBN News.
Police have yet to name the suspect, who will face robbery with homicide raps.
The suspect was sent to the custody of the Bulacan Police Provincial Office for tactical interrogation, Cabradila said.
The victim, Princess Dianne Dayor, an industrial engineer, was found dead in the boundary of Guiguinto and Malolos towns on Tuesday, authorities earlier said.
Cabradilla said strangulation was the cause of Dayor's death. The suspect allegedly used the strap of her bag to choke the victim.
Robbery was the main motive for the crime, the police official said, as there were no signs of rape.
"According to the result of the examination conducted by the medico legal officer ay wala namang nakitang ibang injury kun'di nasakal 'yung biktima gamit 'yung strap ng kaniyang bag (nung biktima ). Doon sa point kung ginahasa 'yung biktima, ang sabi ng medical officer ay hindi po ... wala namang sign na na-rape yung biktima," Cabradilla said.
The suspect has a long history of criminal violations, he noted, including attempted rape, child molestation, and involvement in illegal drugs.
The suspect, meanwhile, denied killing Dayor.
"Wala po akong kinalaman do'n. Wala akong alam sa mga ibinibintang nila sa'kin, wala akong kinalaman do'n," he said. "Sa pamilya po ng nawalan, huwag po kayong maniwala ... wala po talaga akong kinalaman do'n."
Cabradilla clarified reports of more missing women in the area, saying these reports were the result of irresponsible social media use.
"Itong mga ito, 'di naman po nila chineck, pero matagal na pong nakauwi," he said.
Cabradilla earlier denied reports online about supposed kidnapping incidents of women in the province.
According to police investigation, 3 of the 4 women reported missing were never kidnapped in the first place.
The local government of Malolos has also offered at least a P300,000 reward to anyone who can give solid information on the whereabouts of the perpetrator behind the slaying of the 24-year-old woman.
Cabradilla said the police will determine who deserves the bounty.
"I-screen namin of course kung sino 'yung karapat-dapat na tumanggap n'yan. Meron tayong informant na reliable, meron tayong eye witness ... probably siya ire-recommend natin," he said.
— With reports from Raffy Santos, Johnson Manabat and Jeff Caparas, ABS-CBN News