THE most wanted person of Region 4-B (Mindoro, Masbate, Romblon and Palawan or MiMaRoPa) was arrested in Iloilo province after hiding for nine years.
Arcel Molino, 44, was collared at his live-in partner’s house at Barangay Tambaliza, Concepcion.
Molino made it to MiMaRoPa’s list of most wanted persons after he was charged for repeatedly raping a 16-year-old relative.
The Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 47 in Puerto Princesa, Palawan ordered Molino’s arrest for 63 counts of rape.
The alleged sexual molestation happened in 2010 in Palawan.
Members of the Regional Intelligence Unit 6 (RIU-6), together with RIU-4B, PNP Regional Intelligence Division-6, Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit-6 (CIDU-6), and 2nd Platoon Iloilo Provincial Mobile Force Company, finally caught up with Molino at around 10:45 a.m. Thursday.
Molino, who hails from San Dionisio, Iloilo, got wind that a rape case was filed against him on Nov. 9, 2010. His co-workers at a slaughterhouse informed him that someone lodged a complaint against him.
He and a relative went to Bataraza Police Station in Palawan to clarify the issue. He was informed that the 16-year-old victim’s grandmother was the one who filed the complaint.
But the police said that they cannot detain Molino because there was no warrant of arrest issued against him.
Three days later, the suspect left Bataraza for Iloilo.
From Puerto Princesa, the passenger ship made a stopover at Cuyo, Palawan where he surrendered himself to authorities for fear of being arrested.
Mugshots and fingerprints were taken but the suspect was not also held in the absence of an arrest warrant.
He arrived in Iloilo three days later and proceeded to his parents’ place in Barangay Cudionan, San Dionisio.
A week later, he transferred to Barngat Maduawak, San Dionisio where he met his partner. They stayed there for six years.
In 2015, he transferred to Tambaliza, Concepcion to evade arrest. He worked as a carpenter in the area.
By October 2017, he worked at Pepsi Cola Bottlers in San Miguel, Iloilo and stayed in Mandurriao, Iloilo City.
But after sometime, he learned the he was being monitored by RIU-6 assets. He went back to Tambaliza on January 2018 until his arrest.
It was gathered that the suspect met his live-in partner, Edralyn Arabe, while on the run.
They have two children, a 3-year old girl and a one-year old boy.
Molino has four children with his wife who is working as an OFW in Bahrain. The children are now aged 25, 20, 14, and 10 years old.
The suspect reportedly denied the accusations and pointed to money as the possible reason for the case.
Someone allegedly wanted to keep the money sent by his wife in Bahrain.