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CIDG nabs suspect in 2003 stabbing incident.

By Martin Sadongdong

After more than 15 years, an appliance technician-electrician, who is a suspect in the killing of a man inside a restaurant in Naga City, was finally arrested by the police in Quezon City Tuesday.

Operatives of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group's Anti-Fraud and Commercial Crime Unit (CIDG-AFCCU) apprehended Mark Morano, alias Archie Zaldivar, 37, an aircon technician and electrician, of Kilyawan Street, Sitio Aguardiente, Sta. Monica, Quezon City.

Chief Supt. Amador Corpus, CIDG director, said Morano was arrested by virtue of a warrant of arrest for homicide issued by Judge Filemon Montemayor of the Regional Trial Court Branch 26 in Naga City, with a recommended bail of P40,000.

The operation was conducted around 3:30 a.m. at a bus terminal near Morano's workplace along EDSA corner New York Street, Cubao, Quezon City.

According to Corpus, a confidential informant tipped them about the whereabouts of Morano so he immediately dispatched detectives in the area to confirm the intelligence information.

After the information was confirmed true, police then served the warrant of arrest against Morano.

Corpus said Morano broke down in tears after he admitted to killing a certain Jericho John Serrano Villar inside a restaurant in Naga City.

Morano told police that a heated argument ensued between him and Villar while they were eating at Pudo Grill sometime in 2003.

A fistfight followed until Morano picked up a knife and stabbed Villar. After the incident, Morano left Naga to escape and assumed a different identity.

"He left Naga to evade his crime, knowing fully that he stabbed someone. He did not even know if the victim died. He assumed a new name and secured IDs, but obviously fake ones, so he can apply for a job," Corpus said.

The CIDG director noted that the father and cousin of the victim positively identified Morano as the one who stabbed Villar.

Morano was brought to the CIDG-AFCCU office in Camp Crame for documentation.

Aside from homicide charges, Morano will also face a case for violation of Article 172 of the Revised Penal Code (Illegal Use of Alias) for using a fake identity.

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